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Hear some of our amazing volunteers tell you why they volunteer at Manzanar.

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Volunteers-In-Parks (VIPs) help the National Park Service meet its mission of preserving natural and cultural resources while providing for the enjoyment and education for this and future generations. At Manzanar, volunteers contribute to every aspect of the site’s preservation and operations including working on archeological digs, visitor services, maintenance, and much more! We work with volunteers of all ages and backgrounds who are active, dynamic, creative, compassionate, and wish to learn more about and preserve Manzanar’s very important history.

To learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service, please visit the National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks page.

Group of archaeological volunteers digging in the dirt
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If your group is interested in volunteering at Manzanar, please e-mail us. Two months advanced notice is required. Volunteer opportunities are subject to availability of projects suitable for your group and park staff for monitoring.

Check out our new releases, Facebook page and calendar for upcoming pre-organized volunteer events.

Volunteer and Park Ranger at visitor center desk
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If you are an individual interested in volunteering at Manzanar, please e-mail us to begin the application process. Housing MAY be available for volunteers who work 32 hours/week or greater. The nearby communities of Independence and Lone Pine offer limited lodging and camping opportunities.

Would you like to volunteer by sharing your story with us? Learn more about our Oral History Project and how to get involved.

Last updated: July 4, 2020

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

Manzanar National Historic Site
P.O. Box 426
5001 Highway 395

Independence, CA 93526


(760)878-2194 x3310
Need to speak with a ranger? Call this number for general information.

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