General Information

Volunteering at National Capital Parks - East

Volunteers – In – Parks (VIPs) are an important part of National Capital Parks-East (NACE). Each year the Park benefits from the efforts of hundreds of VIPs who assist with a variety of projects and tasks. Volunteer opportunities are far-ranging and include trail maintenance, farm work, trash cleanups, invasive species removal, and more!

Volunteers removing litter and invasive species.



VIP Program Mission

The National Park Service Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) program was enacted in 1970. The primary purpose of the VIP program is to provide a vehicle through which the National Park Service can accept and utilize voluntary help and services from the public. The major objective of the program is to utilize this voluntary help in such a way that is mutually beneficial to the National Park Service and the volunteer. Volunteers are accepted from the public without regard to race, creed, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, national origin, or disability. For further information, refer to Director’s Order 7.


  • All volunteers sign a Volunteer Service Agreement that provides protection in case of accident or injury that may occur while volunteering according to the Federal Employees’ Compensation Act and the Federal Tort Claims Act.
  • Volunteers who donate 250 hours of service are eligible to receive a complimentary America the Beautiful Pass that provides access to numerous public lands with fee stations.

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For more information on the Volunteers-In-Parks program at National Capital Parks-East, please contact the park’s Volunteer Coordinator at

Current Volunteer Opportunities

Last updated: April 5, 2024

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Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1900 Anacostia Drive SE
Washington, DC 20020


(771) 208-1453

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