State Parks: We Appreciate Our Volunteers

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Volunteering at a state park is as good as donating money to support them. Our state park guide, Bryan Frazier, has details.

62—We really cannot talk enough about how important our volunteers are in state parks. And that’s everything from park hosts to people who simply come in for the day and want to help on trail maintenance, or whatever. There’s lots of different ways that people can make a difference and get involved as a volunteer in state parks. In fact, last year we had the equivalent of more than 280 full time employees; that was the workforce of our volunteers. That’s equivalent to more than ¼ of our workforce, and it saved us more than $10 million dollars in value of what that labor for volunteers was able to accomplish. So, if someone’s interested in becoming a park volunteer, chances are there’s a state park near you that could really use them. We’ve got a new website that’s very user friendly that they can go and list where they may want to work and what their interests are, and the work they do, and they’ll match that up for a park that’s maybe looking for that. And you can find that at Or, people can call Lori Reilly who coordinates all of our volunteers in state parks. And that’s 512-389-4746.

Thanks, Bryan.

That’s our show for today…with funding provided by Chevrolet: supporting outdoor recreation in Texas because there’s life to be done.

For Texas Parks and Wildlife I’m Cecilia Nasti.

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