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Volunteering at Parks: Good and Good for You

Friday, September 16th, 2016
Volunteer at Texas State Parks

Volunteer at Texas State Parks


This is Passport to Texas

Volunteers donate more than a half-million hours of service worth over $17-million dollars annually to all Texas Parks and Wildlife programs.

They get to work with really friendly and knowledgeable staff, and they have a great time just being outside and enjoying nature, themselves, as part of their giving back.

Audrey Muntz is the new volunteer coordinator for Texas state parks, and says anyone with an interest can find a volunteer opportunity in parks that suits them.

We have hundreds of opportunities throughout the state at state parks. Some of them are one time; some of them are short term. And, the majority of them are ongoing.

One of the most coveted long-term volunteer jobs is state park host. In exchange for their services, they receive a campground site.

Those individuals serve up to 24-30 hours a week in exchange for being able to keep their RV in the campground. And so they can help with a huge variety of things, from keeping the grounds clean, to fee collection. And they are the face of the park in many ways, and help campers get to know and learn the park and keep it as beautiful and clean as they can for all of our visitors.

Park host commitments range from two to six months; and, established volunteers often move from one park to another.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Volunteer at Purtis Creek State Park

Wednesday, May 25th, 2016
Fishing fun at Purtis Creek State Park in East Texas.

Fishing fun at Purtis Creek State Park in East Texas.

This is Passport to Texas

If you like giving back to your community, and live near Purtis Creek State Park in east Texas, you’re in luck.

We have volunteers that help us in many different ways here.

Mendy Davis is superintendent of the park, located in Eustace, just down the road from the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. Davis says Purtis Creek SP relies on volunteers.

Our park is not staffed to completely operate on its own. And, to be able to offer the interpretive programs that we provide here in the park, as well as the events, it requires additional outside assistance.

In addition to its onsite park host position, interested persons will discover a wide variety of volunteer opportunities available at the park.

We have other volunteer opportunities to come and assist with our interpretive programs. We teach basic canoe and kayaking…night sounds…night hikes…nature hikes. So, we have many volunteers who just join us for a specific hike that is something that they want to do. Or if they happen to have interest in birding. That’s one area that we don’t have anyone trained in at this time. So, we’re looking for that birding person who wants to come out and lead a birdwatching hike for us.

Whether you’re skilled in paddling, hiking, fishing, biking or birding you can share your knowledge with others at Purtis Creek State Park. Check out the volunteer page on the Texas Parks and Wildlife website.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife, I’m Cecilia Nasti.

A Flood of Volunteer Spirit

Tuesday, February 23rd, 2016


This is Passport to Texas

Texans are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and pitch in when their state parks need them: such as after the 2015 Memorial Day Floods.

A lot of our friends groups were leading a lot of those efforts.

Audrey Muntz is the volunteer coordinator for Texas state parks. She says she expects opportunities to help flood damaged parks will continue for some time.

Especially for areas where there has been major trail damage, or major damage to work areas or campgrounds.

The floods may have happened eight months ago, but volunteer opportunities to get them sorted are ongoing. And Audrey Muntz says volunteers participate in various projects throughout the year for personal reasons.

There’s this really deep desire to make sure we’re providing this for future generations. So, I really see that through these volunteer efforts.

Interested in becoming a volunteer at your Texas State Parks? Log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website and register to become a volunteer, receive updates, and search a wide variety of available projects.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Volunteer with Texas State Parks

Monday, February 22nd, 2016
Volunteering with Texas State Parks takes on many forms.

Volunteering with Texas State Parks takes on many forms.

This is Passport to Texas

Volunteers donate more than a half-million hours of service worth over $17-million dollars annually to all Texas Parks and Wildlife programs.

They get to work with really friendly and knowledgeable staff, and they have a great time just being outside and enjoying nature, themselves, as part of their giving back.

Audrey Muntz is the new volunteer coordinator for Texas state parks, and says anyone with an interest can find a volunteer opportunity in parks that suits them.

We have hundreds of opportunities throughout the state at state parks. Some of them are one time; some of them are short term. And, the majority of them are ongoing.

One of the most coveted long-term volunteer jobs is state park host. In exchange for their services, they receive a campground site.

Those individuals serve up to 24-30 hours a week in exchange for being able to keep their RV in the campground. And so they can help with a huge variety of things, from keeping the grounds clean, to fee collection. And they are the face of the park in many ways, and help campers get to know and learn the park and keep it as beautiful and clean as they can for all of our visitors.

Park host commitments range from two to six months; and, established volunteers often move from one park to another.

That’s our show for today… Funding provided in part by Ram Trucks. Guts. Glory. Ram

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.

Flood of Volunteers Help Repair Parks

Friday, August 7th, 2015
Texas A & M Forest Service volunteering at Blanco State Park, image from Blanco State Park Facebook Page.

Texas A & M Forest Service volunteering at Blanco State Park, image from Blanco State Park Facebook Page.


This is Passport to Texas

Texans are not afraid to roll up their sleeves and pitch in when their state parks need them: such as after the Memorial Day Floods.

04– A lot of our friends groups are leading a lot of those efforts.

Audrey Muntz is the new volunteer coordinator for Texas state parks. She says the opportunities are many.

07– Especially for areas where there has been major trail damage, or major damage to work areas or campgrounds.

The floods may have happened three months ago, but volunteer opportunities to get them sorted are ongoing. So, if you thought your chance to help had passed–you’re in luck!

12– And so I know, Ray Roberts has an ongoing effort that will be ongoing throughout the fall. Brazos Bend and Blanco are also having their friends groups run those. And a lot of our other parks have had groups come out and are up and going.

Audrey Muntz recommends checking each park’s Facebook page for the various one-time volunteer opportunities.

She says you can also log onto the Texas Parks and Wildlife website and register to become a volunteer, receive updates, and search a wide variety of available projects.

That’s our show for today’ We record our series in Austin at the Block House; Joel Block engineers our program.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife…I’m Cecilia Nasti.