BARK Ranger Ambassadors

Five people in bright green shirts proudly stand by their pet ambassadors.
Some parks have dog ambassador or paw patrol programs.

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Bark Ranger Volunteers and their canine companions serve as ambassadors in national parks. The main purpose of the Bark Volunteer-In-Parks program is to make contacts with visitors and their pets to help everyone have an enjoyable visit. The goal is to increase awareness of positive pet behaviors and reduce the number of non-compliant dog incidents. The majority of the outreach is conducted through one-on-one interactions with park visitors. Each VIP is trained on how to approach visitors and explain the importance of being on a leash or staying in open pet areas.

B.A.R.K. Ranger Volunteers

  • Provide visitors with information about the park
  • Highlight pet policies and pet safety
  • Help protect the resource

Learn more about programs at participating parks.

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    Last updated: February 1, 2022