People stand in line along a concrete pathway. A white building and the ocean are in the background.

🎂Happy 90th Birthday🎈, Patricia Dudley Goulart, CNM VIP and Lighthouse Brat🎁

By Karen Scanlon Few people living today claim the distinction of being a ‘lighthouse brat’. These are the children of lighthouse keepers. But one such East County resident, and CNM volunteer, Patricia Dudley Goulart, makes this very assertion. Patricia grew up at the lower Point Loma Light Station. Her father, James Eliot Dudley, was assistant keeper at the time of her birth 90 years ago … Continue reading 🎂Happy 90th Birthday🎈, Patricia Dudley Goulart, CNM VIP and Lighthouse Brat🎁

Park volunteer Felix wears an unzipped dark-green jacket and stands on a cliff next to CVA Setareh, who is wearing a zipped navy-blue windbreaker with sunglasses and holding a colorful Flat Stanley cutout. Both Felix and Setareh are smiling at the camera and facing away from the ocean. Two people stand at the edge of the cliffs behind Setareh and Felix, with their faces away from the camera.

Volunteer Appreciation

Setareh Nouriboshehri, Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) Well VIPs, we sure went through an interesting last year!  While it’s easy to get lost in all of the events affecting our communities and world at large, we thought you may enjoy taking a break to zoom into and reflect on this particular volunteer community.  Here are a few handfuls of photographs—all of you and the ways you … Continue reading Volunteer Appreciation

A woman in a blue shirt and sun hat stands next to a man in a tie dye shirt and blue baseball cap in front of a lighthouse.

A Visitor – A ‘cool’ Story in These Hot Days

Two years ago, VIP Romi met Christian, just by asking her routine question,  “Where are you visiting from?”  Christian was from New Jersey.  “Came here for an interview at SDSU…”,   Romi asked what he’ll be studying at SDSU.  To make it short, this young man, had an appointment with Romi’s daughter for his acceptance into the Graduate School!  What are the chances out of all … Continue reading A Visitor – A ‘cool’ Story in These Hot Days

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!

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, … Continue reading Happy 50th Anniversary, VIPs!

VIP Spotlight – Patrick Raetzman

Setareh Nouriboshehri, Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) It’s VIP Spotlight time, again! I don’t know about you, but this is how I keep track of my Mondays during the quarantine. This week, we get to hear from VIP Patrick*. Patrick is part of the Tidepool Protection, Education, & Restoration Program (TPERP), and I think it’s safe to say the tidepools are his favorite place to be. … Continue reading VIP Spotlight – Patrick Raetzman

VIP Spotlight – Gary Reilly

Setareh Nouriboshehri, Community Volunteer Ambassador (CVA) It’s VIP Spotlight time! We figure that it’s not an easy task to stay connected with every single volunteer at the park (especially when schedules conflict), and quarantining is definitely not helping. Starting this week, we will post a new interview on VIP-Voice so that you can hear from familiar faces and perhaps meet new people in your volunteer … Continue reading VIP Spotlight – Gary Reilly