With a generous grant from the United Parcel Service Foundation, EASI,
the National Parks Service and the National Park Foundation have established
Volunteer Senior Ranger Corps (VSRCs) to help meet priority needs at eight
of America’s national parks through partnerships between the Park and its
surrounding communities. In its first six months, the VSRC program has
proved highly successful. It has reached 108 groups to support the
parks in six months, attracting 180 older volunteers who worked 1,901
Volunteer Senior Ranger Corps volunteers, working side by side with teenagers, have helped remove invasive plants from along the George Washington Memorial Parkway in McLean, Virginia; Point Reyes National Seashore, California; and Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Youth and VSRC members have made the Fire Island National Seashore more accessible for disabled and older visitors. Seniors design and plan the projects, and young volunteers provide the labor.
In Nebraska, VSRC volunteers work with local youth organizations and inner-city school students to organize and catalog the Homestead National Monument of America’s collection of thousands of photographs. At the Eisenhower National Historic Site in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, VSRC members also catalog and organize photographs for public accessibility. All EASI programs are hosted by local organizations such as Retired and Senior Volunteer Programs, senior centers, faith-based organizations and local governments.
HOMESTEAD NATIONAL MONUMENT OF AMERICA- Tallgrass Prairie Volunteer Senior
Ranger Corps Senior volunteers work with local youth organizations and students
from inner-city schools in nearby Lincoln and Omaha to organize and catalog the
Park’s photograph collection. They
also research famous homesteaders at their homes. In
addition, the volunteers work
with the day to day operation of the park and the program, including a quarterly
deer survey includes volunteers assisting staff members in walking the distance
of the park in a line to push out the deer and then other volunteers monitor the
number of deer leaving the park boundary.
The volunteers also work on various other projects including monthly water
quality monitoring with 8th graders and seniors.
FIRE ISLAND NATIONAL SEASHORE- Suffolk County Senior Ranger Corps
POINT REYES NATIONAL SEASHORE- Sonoma County Volunteer Senior Ranger
TIMPANOGOS CAVE NATIONAL MONUMENT- Mountainland Volunteer Senior Ranger
EISENHOWER NATIONAL HISTORIC SITE- Adams County Volunteers Senior Ranger
CARLSBAD CAVERNS- Carlsbad Senior Ranger Corps
CUYAHOGA VALLEY NATIONAL PARK- Summit County Volunteer Senior Ranger
ADAMS COUNTY PaSEC - The Adams County PaSEC and
Volunteer Senior Ranger Corps have made significant contributions to the
National Park Service's Eisenhower Farm facility by re-cataloging its extensive
book collection, scanning photographs into digital files, providing information
(the National Park Service's "interpretation") to visitors to the
showbarn, planting and maintaining the garden, and videotaping special
presentations at the Teachers Academy and the Korean War Weekend event.
These dedicated volunteers are integral to the ongoing enhancement and
protection of our nation's cultural and historic resources.
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