A circular logo of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) 50th anniversary. In the middle, a yellow banner with the years 1970 and 2020 in white font are separated by the National Park Service Arrowhead symbol in front a blue circle. A thin, yellow boundary separates the blue circle and a thicker green rim that contains the words “Volunteer” and “50 years” on the top and bottom, respectively.

Happy 50th Anniversary, VIPs!

A circular logo of the National Park Service’s Volunteers-In-Parks (VIP) 50th anniversary. In the middle, a yellow banner with the years 1970 and 2020 in white font are separated by the National Park Service Arrowhead symbol in front a blue circle. A thin, yellow boundary separates the blue circle and a thicker green rim that contains the words “Volunteer” and “50 years” on the top and bottom, respectively.
VIP 50th Anniversary Logo
A collage of 12 rangers and park staff in uniform and face masks holding handwritten thank you signs, all circled around a large and capitalized “Thank You” and a small “love” ASL sign. The background of the collage is a modern and abstract mix of orange circles, blue dots, green watercolor splashes, and black-and-white lines.
Thank You Collage
A letter addressed to Cabrillo National Monument volunteers for the 50th anniversary of the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Program. Alongside the text, the letter includes decorations such as newspaper clippings, watercolor leaf elements, scrapbook tape, and a photo of a man in a blue VIP shirt leading at the tidepools.
A letter addressed to Cabrillo National Monument volunteers for the 50th anniversary of the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Program. Alongside the text, the letter includes decorations such as newspaper clippings, watercolor leaf elements, scrapbook tape, and a photo of a man in a blue VIP shirt leading at the tidepools.
An up-close woman with a tan T-shirt smiles outside in front of a green and brown backyard and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they are the absolute best!! Without their passion and commitment, the TPERP [Tidepool Protection Education and Restoration] Program would not be as successful…or even exist for that matter.”
Pauline
An up-close woman with a black blouse smiles outside in front of a dark green and leafy background and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they are CNMF [Cabrillo National Monument Foundation] trustees, members, and friends! CNMF would not be able to help the park without their support! Thank you!”
Emily
An up-close man with a Park Ranger uniform smiles inside an office and holds up a sign that says “I love our volunteer because…what you do for the park and its visitors is amazing!! Thank you!”
David
An up-close woman with a Park Ranger uniform smiles outside in front of the San Diego Bay and skyline and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…we couldn’t run the park without their expertise and hard work!”
Elizabeth
An up-close man with a Park Ranger uniform smiles outside in between an office building and a red picnic table and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…their dedication makes a world of difference!”
Donny
An up-close woman with a NPS gray T-shirt and green hat smiles outside in a breezeway and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…[they] protect tidepool critters and care for our native plants!”
Linh
An up-close woman with a Park Ranger uniform smiles in the shade outside in front of the San Diego Bay and skyline and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they are so passionate and knowledgeable about all things Cabrillo!”
Julieanne
An up-close woman with a Park Ranger uniform in a green mask and sunglasses stands outside in front of the San Diego Bay holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…we wouldn’t survive without you!”
Erin
An up-close woman smiles inside in front of a wall and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they are always supportive and upbeat! They get the job done!”
Lonie
An up-close man with glasses and a white mask stands in front of a white building and some green shrubs and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they bring experience, knowledge, and skills to Cabrillo that we don’t have. Thank you!”
Tom
An up-close man with glasses and a white mask stands in front of a white building and some green shrubs and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they bring experience, knowledge, and skills to Cabrillo that we don’t have. Thank you!”
Bryant
a close-up woman with a blue park T-shirt stands outside a patio and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…they show active care for their park and community every day!”
Setareh
a close-up woman with a Park Ranger uniform and a green mask sits in front of a white wall with a hanging painting and green jackets and holds up a sign that says, “I love our volunteers because…their unique skills and knowledge make our park better for everyone!”
Tera Lynn
Blue text on a whie background with a blue and gold border with the NPS Shield and Volunteer logo in the bottom right corner. The text reads I love our volunteers because ...Of their wealth of knowledge! Thank you! Dana - Store manager
Dana

Dear Cabrillo National Monument Volunteers, 

Happy anniversary!

On this day, fifty years ago, Congress passed the Volunteers In Parks (VIP) Act, enabling parks all around the country to accept the services of individuals as “volunteers for or in aid of interpretive functions.” Since then, the program has flourished into a rich body of National Park Service mission seekers. All around the country and across borders, talented volunteers like you have offered their unique skills, efforts, and time to cultivate their community, advocate for conservancy, and bring history to life. Although there are more than 400 of these sites peppered throughout the country, we can think of one particular place where we’ve seen volunteers in action: Cabrillo National Monument. 

Down in the southern tip of the Point Loma peninsula, we know of a certain two-lane winding road. Take it to the end, and you’ll certainly find yourself in open classrooms of history and beauty. Here are tides to teach us the lessons of shifting circumstances, countless plants and animals that invite us to observe their day-to-day, books and bunkers that offer stories of those who have lived before us, buildings that house virtual and physical resources, and a lighthouse that points to lasting hope. 

It is hard to picture any of these places without also picturing familiar faces donning familiar blue shirts. While we celebrate the 50th anniversary of the VIP program, we also celebrate the forces that have brought you all to us. Most importantly, we celebrate you and your individual stories. 

Whether you are down the road in 1800 Cabrillo Memorial Dr. restoring the native habitat, across state borders creating accessible resources, or at home dialing in our phone calls, we appreciate all that you have done and continue to do for this park. Thank you for protecting these precious classrooms and thank you for being our dedicated teachers. 

Sincerely yours, 

Your CNM Staff

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