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