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Volunteering at State Parks

Wednesday, May 4th, 2011

This is Passport to Texas

Nature happens, but state parks take work. And our state park guide Bryan Frazier says last year volunteers donated the equivalent of $9 million dollars in labor to keep state parks humming.

63—We rely really heavily on our volunteer workforce. Whether you’re talking about our friend’s groups, our partner groups, nonprofits. We have more than fifty of those across the state of Texas for our state parks. We also have lots of individuals. In fact, if you put a pencil to it, you’re talking about more than 250 full-time employee equivalents we don’t have to fund because of the volunteers that show up. And that’s everything from trail maintenance, to trail building, to clearing brush to working in the front office, to even our park hosts that come and stay with us for several weeks and in exchange for twenty to forty hours a week of work we give them a free campsite—and a lot of times it’s a full hookup campsite. And we really couldn’t run our park system without our volunteers.

How do they go about volunteering?

There is a link on our website at, and there are volunteers—and you can click on that. It has all our information. Or you can call on the phone, our volunteer coordinator for State Parks—Lori Reilly—512.389.4746. And that will get the ball rolling.

Thanks, Bryan.

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet…building dependable, reliable trucks for more than 90 years.

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