Volunteer Programs

Volunteers-In-Parks includes several special programs that volunteers may participate in. You do not need to participate in a program to volunteer; many volunteers assist with a position or event. Opportunities for volunteer programs may be listed on Volunteer.gov or directly on a National Park Service unit’s website, find a site by state..

Special Interests

  • A volunteer guide wearing a headset smiles while standing inside a train.
    Amtrak Trails & Rails

    Volunteers with the Amtrak Trails & Rails program educate train travelers on the natural and cultural heritage of a region.

  • A person holds a paintbrush in front of an art easel.

    Many sites offer an Artist-in-Residence program for visual artists, writers, musicians, and other creative media.

  • Two adults stand in front of a group of students outdoors.
    International Volunteers-in-Parks

    Participants from around the world train in and contribute to U.S. national parks.

Youth and Young Adult

Science in Parks

  • Three people and a park ranger holding nets pose for a photo in a waterway.
    Citizen Science

    Citizen scientists of all ages head out to the field to gain knowledge and contribute valuable information to parks.

  • A girl holds a vial of clear liquid on a rocky slope with a patch of snow.
    National Parks BioBlitz

    The National Park Service and National Geographic Society host large-scale BioBlitz events at national park sites.

Last updated: December 19, 2023


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