Volunteer in the Parks Program
Volunteer to be a part of our staff at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, which serves over 20,000 visitors each year!
Each year millions of visitors enjoy our national parks. Today, the National Park Service includes over 400 sites. Employees have been challenged with a dual mission of conserving and protecting our natural, historical, and cultural resources, as well as providing recreational opportunities. Many individuals assist our parks and their employees by volunteering their time and talents. Those who work in partnership with park employees are called Volunteers-In-Parks, or VIPs.
Volunteer opportunities abound as you may choose from working the Visitor Center desk, presenting living history demonstrations, volunteering at the Lower Fox Creek schoolhouse, assisting with Education Programs, working in the tallgrass prairie, researching special history projects, storytelling, conducting Oral History Interviews, etc. If you would like to volunteer and have a talent or skill not listed above, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator Eric Patterson at 620-273-8494, ext. 242.
Applying to Volunteer
It is very easy to apply. Simply print and fill out the Volunteer-In-Parks Application below or go online and complete via the web. Please be specific in describing your talents, skills and interests; this makes it much easier to place you. Once your application is completed, send it to the address shown below. It will be reviewed to determine if your skills and our needs match. Should you have any questions, please contact Eric Patterson at (620) 273-8494 ext. 242.
Volunteer Opportunities Abound at Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve
Roving Interpretation at the Preserve
Working in the Tallgrass Prairie
Tallgrass Trail Stewards
Presenting Living History Demonstrations
Lower Fox Creek School
Researching Special History Projects and Conducting Oral History Interviews
Other Volunteer Opportunities
Did You Know?
Zebulon Pike unknowingly named the Flint Hills based on his journal entry in 1806 as he camped and passed through very 'ruff' hills of flint. This flint kept the prairie from being tilled. Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve