National Public Lands Day 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009 from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM (PDT)
Join us at Mount Rainier National Park for our annual celebration of National Public Lands Day! Like last year, we will have a wide variety of projects to choose from.
Confirmed projects include:
- Revegetation: Help us plant native plants to restore the site of the former Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise! Volunteers will be helping with this project throughout late September and early October. Our goal is to plant 140,000 plants before the snow sets in! This project is suitable for adults and older children (ages 11+).
- Trail maintenance: Crew leaders will be leading at least two separate projects in the Longmire/Paradise area, including basic trail repair and brushing. No previous experience is necessary. This project is suitable for adults and teens.
- Campground restoration: Volunteers will help restore a historic campground for use by other volunteers. We will be preparing sites for the construction of picnic tables next spring. This project is suitable for all ages!
We may also send a crew out to clean up trash along Forest Service roads and campsites along the borders of the park, as we've done the past two years. This project, however, is not yet confirmed.
Where and when to meet:
Meet at the registration tent in front of the Transportation Exhibit at Longmire between 8:00 and 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 26. After a brief welcome and introduction, groups will disperse to their projects in the field.
If you're able, join us for an after-event party at the Longmire Community Building! Beginning at 4pm, we'll be serving pizza and screening a special sneak-preview of the new Ken Burns documentary "The National Parks: America's Best Idea," which airs on PBS beginning the following night. Bring your own beverages (no alcohol).
So that we can better plan our volunteer projects, and so that we can make sure to have enough pizza to share, please RSVP through this website. Indicate in your registration what project you prefer and whether you plan to stay for the party. Group registrations are welcome--bring along your youth group, scout troop, or employee association! You may also request a free campsite at our Longmire volunteer campground, either the night before or the night after the event (or both).
For more information and up to date details, visit our blog at http://rainiervolunteers.blogspot.com.
**Please note that Rainier volunteers receive free entrance to the park (tell the folks at the entrance that you're volunteering) and are welcome to camp overnight, with advance notice, at our Longmire Campground. Anyone under the age of eighteen requires parental permission before they're able to volunteer -- please contact us if your parent or guardian will not be with you the day of the project so that we can send you paperwork ahead of time.**
When & Where
Mount Rainier National Park
Every year, hundreds of individuals contribute their enthusiasm and skills to help the National Park Service preserve and protect its natural and cultural resources, and to serve and educate its visitors. Volunteers help in almost every area of the park, from maintaining trails to leading guided hikes. The time commitment for volunteer work varies from one-day projects to full-time work extending over months or years. Both individuals and organized groups are welcome to volunteer, and opportunities are available both for highly skilled professionals and for families with little or no experience in land management. Consider joining our team! Your contribution of time and energy will help us to protect the magnificent natural and cultural areas entrusted to us, and you’ll go home with a sense of pride at having participated in something worthwhile. Mount Rainier is your national park!