Volunteers in Parks

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Volunteers play an important role helping the NPS accomplish its work to preserve America's treasures and educate the public. The National Park Service's official volunteer program is called Volunteers-in-Parks, or VIP. Authorized in 1970 it's a way for the Park Service to accept and use volunteer help from public.

Volunteers can be used in any area of a park's operation and can do almost any type of work so long as that work:

  • Would not otherwise get done during a particular fiscal year because of funding or personnel limitations.
  • Allows paid employees to accomplish work that would not otherwise get done during a particular fiscal year because of funding or personnel limitations.

  • Does not result in the displacement of any paid employees.

Last updated: July 20, 2016

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Mailing Address:

1767 KS Hwy 156
Larned, KS 67550

Phone:

(620) 285-6911
This phone is answered during regular business hours. After hours calls will be answered the next day. Please select a mailbox or leave a message on the main extension when the fort is closed.

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