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Contact: Bradley Block, 605-673-8330
Custer, SD – Celebrate National Park Week at Jewel Cave National Monument by signing up to volunteer during the calendar year for an assortment of projects and positions. The event is in conjunction with the Find Your Park campaign across the National Park Service, with volunteer information and sign up opportunities slated for Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
The all-day event is designed to provide interested volunteers with an assortment of engaging position opportunities. Park staff will be available to discuss potential projects and answer questions. Staff will also offer ideas for groups that wish to volunteer for the Monument or most any site within the National Park Service. Acting Superintendent Larry Sandarciero states, “National Park Week complements the Find Your Park campaign which was unveiled on April 2nd. We hope volunteers in our local communities and surrounding areas will find Jewel Cave and want to become part of our team.”
The Monument has opportunities for most anyone and is especially interested in groups including Scouts, churches, community clubs, youth organizations, and corporate volunteer groups. If you are not from the communities surrounding Jewel Cave, staff will help interested volunteers make connections with other National Parks. During the event, Scout leaders are also invited to learn more about the Scout Ranger Program. Some projects satisfy merit badge and rank advancement requirements. Scouts and Venturers also have the opportunity to earn a special embroidered patch.
Possible volunteer activities include serving as a visitor center host, leading cave tours, conducting interpretive and educational programs, patrolling and maintaining backcountry trails, assisting with resource management projects, working on maintenance tasks, or helping with administrative duties. The schedules are flexible, allowing volunteers to work only a few hours a day or multiple days each week. Acting Superintendent Sandarciero further comments, “Volunteerism has been an integral part of the National Park Service for decades. We are working hard to build a robust volunteer program, and what better week to start the ambitious effort? We hope that many local park enthusiasts will discover ways to find their park.”
Visit www.NationalParkWeek.org to learn more about how you can join parks, programs, and partners in celebrating National Park Week across the country. For more information related to the campaign, visit www.FindYourPark.com. For program information and hours of operation at Jewel Cave, visit the Monument online at www.nps.gov/jeca or contact park staff at 605-673-8300 or firstname.lastname@example.org.