June 29, 2012
Half Day Drop- In Volunteer Help Needed Throughout Yosemite Valley
Yosemite National Park is seeking volunteers to become a Habitat Protector of Yosemite (HaPY) Volunteer. The park's Resources Management and Science Division and Facilities Management Division is seeking help from the interested people to assist in preserving, restoring, and enjoying the natural resources in Yosemite Valley. Volunteers will be working alongside experienced Park Rangers and explore some of the park's most precious resources in Yosemite Valley. No experience is required and all ages and abilities are welcome to participate in the program.
Every Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday until Labor Day, Monday, Sept. 3, volunteers are invited to meet park staff in front of the Yosemite Valley Visitor Center in Yosemite Village at 9:00 a.m. The program lasts from 9:00 a.m. to noon. Volunteers are asked to come prepared with closed-toe shoes, long pants, long sleeves, snacks, and water. Gloves, tools, and other safety gear will be provided.
People wishing to volunteer with the HaPY program should fill out the Volunteer Services Agreement prior to arriving in the park to participate in the program. No pre-registration is required for individuals. Groups of 10 or more are asked to call ahead to reserve their spot. Individuals under the age of 18, must have the Volunteer Services Agreement form signed by a parent or guardian. Children under the age of 14- years old need to be accompanied by an adult. Volunteers with children younger than 7- years old, are encouraged to call ahead of time to ensure that the day's volunteer work is appropriate and safe for children.
HaPY projects will include clearing litter from trails, paths and recreational areas, and removing invasive plants in various areas throughout the Valley.
Volunteers wishing to participate in the HaPY project may contact Yosemite's Volunteer Program Office at 209-379-1850.
For more information please visit, http://www.nps.gov/yose/supportyourpark/dropinvolunteer.htm