National Volunteer Week

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National Park Service volunteers make an exceptional contribution to their parks and communities.

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Did you know that each year nearly 300,000 volunteers collecitvely contribute more than 6.5 million hours of volunteer service at our national parks? We call these volunteers in the Volunteers In Parks Program our “VIPs." They work side-by-side with our National Park Service employees in parks and programs across the nation to help preserve our nation’s most precious natural, historical, recreational, and cultural treasures.

Each year, we celebrate National Volunteer Week to recognize the contributions of our volunteers. This year's celebration takes place April 17-23, 2022.

Join the celebration:

  1. Thank a volunteer. Are you visiting a national park site during National Park Week? Say thank you to the volunteers you meet!
  2. Sign up to volunteer. Learn more about volunteering or find a volunteer event near you.
  3. Share your volunteer experience. Are you a proud volunteer? Share a photo and your volunteer story. Be sure to tag @National Park Service and your favorite park, and use #NPSVolunteer and #NationalParkWeek.

You can make our great places better. Become a VIP and volunteer with us today!

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    Last updated: March 23, 2022