A new, expanded volunteer program through the North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department now offers individuals and groups the opportunity to volunteer their time and talents to impact state parks. Whether people are interested in helping with vehicle or trail maintenance projects or volunteering in the visitor center, a meaningful volunteer experience can be tailored to people's special skill set. The program's goal is to cultivate partnerships between community members and park staff as they work together for the betterment of their parks and individual and community well-being.

The department's Campground Host volunteer program has been in place for several years offering volunteers free, full-service camping for the duration of their summer stay in exchange for performing host duties ranging from welcoming and assisting campers with setup to selling firewood or assisting with special events. The expanded volunteer program will match up park projects with individuals and groups depending on the amount of time they are able to volunteer and their skill sets.

Whether you’re an individual with only a few hours to spare or a small group that would like to return on a recurring basis, those interested can apply online at www.parkrec.nd.gov/business/our-team/volunteering or contact Lynn Spomer for more information at 701-328-5357 or LSpomer@nd.gov.

The North Dakota Parks and Recreation Department continues to work with local and state health officials to provide a safe experience at our parks that minimizes the risk of exposure to COVID-19. The department encourages all volunteers to follow the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's recommendations on social distancing and personal hygiene.

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