Photo courtesy National Park Service.

Photo courtesy National Park Service.

National Park looking for Rainier volunteers

Those who participate will get a coupon for free admission on a day of their choosing.

  • Monday, September 23, 2019 3:35pm
  • Life

Mount Rainier National Park will celebrate National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 28, with four volunteer projects open to public participation. The work day caps a busy summer in which more than 2,000 people have contributed to the protection of Mount Rainier’s natural and cultural treasures and helped serve its visitors.

National Public Lands Day is an annual celebration of public involvement in the stewardship of America’s national, state, and local parks and forests. More than 100,000 individuals are expected to participate in events all over the country. In recognition of this, entrance fees will be waived at all national parks for the day. Volunteers will receive an additional coupon for free admission on a day of their choice.

Members of the public (families are welcome) are invited to join in the day’s work. Registration begins at 8 a.m. at Longmire, in the southwest corner of the park. After a brief welcome at 9, participants will divide into four work groups, according to their interests and skills:

• Revegetation: Volunteers will help plant native plants at Paradise, around the Paradise Inn. This project is suitable for all ages.

• Wonderland Trail Maintenance: Volunteers will work with the Washington Trails Association and Northwest Youth Corps to do trail maintenance on the Wonderland Trail near Longmire. This project is suitable for adults and teens, and requires pre-registration at

• Box Canyon Trail Maintenance: Volunteers will help prepare a project to rebuild the railings at Box Canyon. This project is suitable for adults and strong youth.

• Campground Maintenance: Volunteers will build and paint five new platforms for tents in the Longmire Stewardship Campground, and will take down the existing tents and platforms. This project is suitable for adults, and younger volunteers with parental assistance.

After traveling to their specific work sites, volunteers will work until 3:30 p.m. Volunteers should come prepared for any kind of weather, with warm clothing, rain gear, sturdy footwear, and gloves. Knee pads are also recommended for planting and weeding. Sunglasses, sunscreen, and hats are also recommended. Volunteers should also bring water, snacks, and a lunch. Work tools will be provided.

Many partners help make National Public Lands Day happen. The day’s volunteer work will be supported by crew leaders from the Washington Trails Association and Northwest Youth Corps. Washington’s National Park Fund supports Mount Rainier’s volunteer program year-round through donations and grants, and Discover Your Northwest and the National Environmental Education Foundation provided funding for this year’s project supplies.

Volunteers work throughout Mount Rainier National Park to maintain and patrol trails, assist and educate visitors, conduct research as community scientists, plant native plants, and help with dozens of other projects. Last year, 2,533 volunteers and interns contributed 69,181 hours of service, work valued at $1.76 million.

For more information, head to the Mount Rainier National Park’s website,

More in Life

Avoid e-cigarettes, says CDC | MultiCare Health System

More than 1,080 cases of vaping-related illnesses have been reported across the country.

All invited to attend kick-off conversation about affordable housing

The Calvary Presbyterian church will be hosting a “community conversation” on affordable housing on Oct. 26.

Rates of sexually transmitted diseases continue to rise in Washington | Department of Health

Rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea and syphilis have all been rising over the last few years.

New app for teens and young adults who want to quit vaping | Department of Health

The app helps people deal with urges and cravings for nicotine.

State Parks collecting oral histories about Mount St. Helens eruption | Washington State Parks

Share a memory of the eruption 39 years ago for future generations.

Crystal Quilters hosting two-day show at Expo Center

Come Saturday, Sept. 28, or Sunday, Sept. 29, to see some awesome creations.

National Park looking for Rainier volunteers

Those who participate will get a coupon for free admission on a day of their choosing.

Walk, don’t run, to stay healthy, local doctor says

Light to moderate exercise is better for people than heavy workouts, according to Dr. Jim Merrill.

Cascade Foothills Chorale has new rehearsal space

The group is also considering a chance to perform in D.C.

Warning signs of suicide, and how to help | MultiCare Health System

Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death overall in the U.S.

New program aims to foster leadership skills, establish community-driven project

The deadline to sign up for RDI’s Pierce County/White River Plateau Rural Community Leadership Program is Sept. 23.