George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service
"When a VIP agrees to share his talents, skills and interests with the National Park Service, he is paying us one of the highest compliments possible by offering a most valued possession - his time."
George B. Hartzog, Jr.
In 1970, the Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program started with a few hundred volunteers. Today, more than 220,000 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.
The National Park Service is honored to recognize the 2011 recipients: