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Voluntourism Spotlight: Everglades National Park Volunteers

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There’s more to the Everglades than alligators, swamps and air boats. Get a closer look by volunteering at the Everglades National Park. Tune into this weekend’s broadcast of Peter Greenberg Worldwide for more information. Don’t forget to check back every Wednesday for more voluntourism opportunities.

In South Florida The Everglades National Park is the largest wilderness of any kind east of the Mississippi River. The Everglades are 1.5 million acres of which 2,400 are covered by the park that is visited  by a million people each year.

By joining the National Park Service Volunteer-In-Parks Program you can help the Everglades National Park meet its mission of resource protection and visitor services. Volunteers help with maintenance, trail trimming, beach clean up, biology data collection, exotic plant removal, helping at the visitor center, and environmental education assistance. Most positions are available April through November but there are year-round ones as well as short-term options. The program has volunteer options that focus on individuals as well as groups.

National park volunteer work continues to grow in popularity. More than 140,000 people nationwide volunteer with our national parks. The Everglades volunteer opportunities are some of the most robust in the country. In fact, in 2012 the park won the national George B. Hartzog Volunteers-in-Parks Program Award for offering stand out service and raising the profile of the Volunteers-in-Parks program.

For more information please visit their website and fill out their application.

By Laura Lee Jurgens for PeterGreenberg.com

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