—George B. Hartzog, Jr. Director, National Park Service, 1964–1972
In 1970, the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program started with a few hundred volunteers. Today, more than 246,000 VIPs donate their time, skills, and talents to the National Park Service every year.
The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognize the exemplary contributions of these very important people. After his retirement, George Hartzog and his wife Helen remembered the VIP program with a generous donation to the National Park Foundation. This fund has been used to support awards that honor the efforts of exceptional volunteers, groups, and park VIP programs. (Interested in volunteering? Find out how to get involved!)