Volunteers-In-Parks

Volunteer logo with NPS arrowhead
Volunteers-In-Parks Logo, NPS
There are many ways you can help care for your national parks, from one-time to reoccurring volunteer opportunities for youth, families, groups and individuals. To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service and to get started, visit Volunteer.gov or Find a Park.

Are you ready for a challenge? The National Park Service's centennial year is here, and we want to encourage everyone to take part in the celebration! We invite people of all ages to find their park and discover the national parks in their community through volunteerism. Registered volunteers who contribute 201.6 hours of service between January 1, 2016 and December 31, 2016 can earn a Centennial Volunteer Challenge Coin! Contact a national park near you to learn more.
Volunteer photographing flowers

Artist-In-Residence

There are Artist-in-Residence programs for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media.

Volunteers collecting water data

Citizen Science

Citizen scientists of all ages head out to the field to gain deeper knowledge and contribute valuable information to parks.

Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors

Centennial Volunteer Ambassadors

Youth helping to expand service-learning and volunteer efforts in national parks

Find a BioBlitz

National Parks BioBlitz

Since 2007, NPS and the National Geographic Society have collaborated to host one large-scale BioBlitz. Click here to learn more.

Scouts Making a Difference

Girl Scout Ranger Program

Girl Scouts are invited to participate in a variety of existing, organized educational or service projects at national park sites.

Scouts Making a Difference

Programs for Boy Scouts

Explore the national parks; learn about the National Park Service mission; help protect the nation's natural and cultural resources.

Volunteer in front of trailhead sign

International Volunteers-In-Parks

Participants from around the world train in and contribute to US national parks.

Volunteer Pass

Volunteer Pass

Free! For volunteers with 250 service hours with federal agencies that participate in the Interagency Pass Program.

The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service

The George and Helen Hartzog Awards

The George and Helen Hartzog Awards for Outstanding Volunteer Service recognize the exemplary contributions of these very important people.