We love to volunteer in our national parks.
When working full time, we would spend two weeks of vacation working in a national park library. It is a win-win opportunity that provides the library with the help they need and gives us the chance to spend time in a beautiful place.
In 2000, we volunteered at Rocky Mountain National Park library. (A photo of our work in the library doesn't exist, but I like this one of the Enos Mills cabin.)
In 2002, we volunteered at Apostle Islands National Lakeshore library.
In 2003, we volunteered at the Mount Rainier National Park library.
Life got busy after 2003, but we promised ourselves that we would commit a WHOLE MONTH to a national park when full-time work was behind us. I saved this 2006 article about the Yellowstone Research Library so I wouldn't forget. We're thrilled to have the opportunity to keep our promise this year at America's first national park and to have my copy of the article signed by the two authors.
Volunteers in Parks are called VIPs and they sure make you feel special. If you commit to working four days per week for a month during off-season, then Yellowstone will put you up in park housing - just like a VIP. What a fabulous deal!
Are you interested in becoming a VIP? Then find out more at Volunteers-In-Parks!
Yours in loving my VIP status,