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Contact: Bob Cromwell, Chief of Interpretation, 360-816-6253Volunteers have supported the National Park Service since its founding in August, 1916. Volunteers still uphold the agency's values today by working with national park staff and partners to preserve unimpaired the natural and cultural resources of the National Park System. For this reason, volunteers who dedicated 201.6 or more volunteer hours to the National Park Service during 2016 - the agency's centennial year - were awarded custom-made, antique bronze Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coins. These exceptional volunteers also received a congratulatory letter from the Director of the National Park Service.
At Fort Vancouver National Historic Site, 84 volunteers earned the Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin for the volunteer hours they contributed in 2016. These dedicated volunteers helped to ensure a multitude of park programs. Fort Vancouver National Historic Site is supported by a dedicated base of over 400 volunteers, and an annual total of over 700 volunteers. Volunteers support public special events, act as museum docents and tour guides, sustain the park's living history programs, maintain the historic garden, assist in the archaeology lab, participate in archaeological digs, educate visiting school children on field trips, clean up waterfront areas, and much more.
The centennial year of the National Park Service was an opportunity to reflect on the past 100 years, but also a time to kick off the next century of resource protection and stewardship. For more information on volunteering at the national park, visit Volunteer.gov and search for "Fort Vancouver National Historic Site."