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Park's Volunteer Program Receives National Award

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

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Harpers Ferry National Historical Park has been selected as a 2010 Take Pride in America® national award winner in the Federal Volunteer Program category. Recipients of the 2010 Take Pride in America National Awards were honored at an awards ceremony held in Washington, D.C. on Friday, July 16th.

"When citizens agree to share their talents, skills, and interest with their community, they are paying our nation one of the highest compliments possible by offering a most valued possession—their time," said Lisa Young, Take Pride in America director. "These award winners gave generously given of their time in service to our public lands, and it is a privilege to be able to recognize them for their efforts."

Each year, award winners are selected by a panel of judges from hundreds of qualified nominations representing outstanding examples of public lands stewardship from across the county. This year, there are 15 national award winners, representing projects and events in 13 states and the District of Columbia.

Take Pride in America, is a nationwide partnership program authorized by Congress to promote the appreciation and stewardship of our nation’s public lands. The Take Pride in America program is administered by the U.S. Department of the Interior for the benefit of all public lands at all levels of government nationwide.

Harpers Ferry NHP was chosen for exceptional accomplishment in logging over 38,000 volunteer hours in 2009. Harpers Ferry NHP has a tremendous number and variety of volunteer opportunities. Program opportunities for 2009 included an intern program that offers college students intern positions in six different park disciplines and an extensive living history volunteer program, just to name a few.

Retired folks and senior citizens, individuals and couples, are a very valuable part of the park’s volunteer team. They work with various areas of park operations from hike leaders to visitor services. Local school students are involved in placed-based service learning projects where they can explore and discover history at their own pace on their own terms. Graduate students have a chance to study, research and preserve national resources. There is truly something for everyone. Harpers Ferry NHP has an existing list of volunteer opportunities and is discovering new ones all the time; which is exciting for the volunteers, park staff and visitors.

Anyone interested in volunteer opportunities at Harpers Ferry NHP should contact volunteer coordinator Jessica Liptak at 304-535-5017.


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