NPS Seeking Volunteers

Ranger interacts with a child while giving a program
Park Ranger Robert Cromwell shows a student a mayfly from the creek at Paramount Ranch. The National Park Service is recruiting volunteers to work with young people in the outdoors.

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News Release Date: October 2, 2014

Contact: Kate Kuykendall, 805-370-2343

THOUSAND OAKS, Calif - The National Park Service is seeking volunteers with an interest in helping young people discover beauty and history of the Santa Monica Mountains. The deadline to submit an application is October 31st.

"We work with thousands of students every year, and this would not be possible without the help of dedicated volunteers," said Mary Calvaresi, park ranger for Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. "Volunteers provide students with a positive experience in an outdoor setting while helping to reinforce lessons from the classroom."

The park is looking for volunteers who can commit one or two weekdays per month, beginning in November. The programs take place in Newbury Park, Malibu and Agoura Hills.

Although prior experience is not necessary, a strong desire to work with young people is required. The National Park Service will provide training. Volunteers will become an integral part of the environmental team that works outdoors with elementary, middle and high school students.

Applications can be downloaded at https://www.nps.gov/samo/supportyourpark/volunteer.htm . For more information, contact Mary Calvaresi at 805-418-3174 or e-mail us .

Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area (SMMNRA) is the larges urban national park in the country, encompassing more than 150,000 acres of mountains and coastline in Ventura and Los Angeles counties. A unit of the National Park System, it comprises a seamless network of local, state and federal parks interwoven with private lands and communities. As one of only five Mediterranean ecosystems in the world, SMMNRA preserves the rich biological diversity of more than 450 animal species and 26 distinct plant communities. For more information, visit www.nps.gov/samo .

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