Throughout the history of the national parks, volunteers have carried on a proud tradition. From the establishment of the first national park, Yellowstone, in 1872, to the establishment of the National Park Service itself, in 1916, and continuing on today, private citizens have played a vital role in the development of the national park system. Interestingly, it was not until passage of the Volunteers in the Parks Act of 1969, that this long-term, informal association turned into a formal partnership. Each year, hundreds of thousands of Volunteers-In-P
Director’s Order 7 (DO-7) is the NPS guide to its employees regarding the Volunteers-In-Parks program. DO-7 is one of many policies and director’s orders that can be found on the NPS Policy page.
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Last updated: November 27, 2019