International Volunteers 2010
This past summer Oregon Caves National Monument hosted geosciences volunteers Peter Wojcik (UK) and Ove Meisel (Germany). Both geology students, Peter and Ove were seeking to enrich their academic experience during summer break by participating in the International Volunteers-in-Parks program. Peter’s main projects were geological mapping and developing a cross-section of rock types and structures. Ove completed a study of clastic cave sediments and sampled sediment cores for a future pollen analysis.
“This was the best summer of my life,” Ove said. For Ove, this position fulfilled an internship requirement for his degree program and provided an opportunity to improve his English. In addition to gaining practical work experience, Peter and Ove enjoyed many of the region’s highlights such as the Pacific coast, wild and scenic rivers, and nearby national parks through geological field trips and recreational outings. “The area’s natural beauty is amazing for an Englishman,” Peter said.
Did You Know?
Up until 1922 the only way to get to Oregon Caves was on a 12 mile trail from the town of Williams, Oregon. Once at Oregon Caves visitors explored the cave and spent the night at a camp outside the entrance to the cave.