10 National Park Volunteer Vacations for the Family

On March 24th the National Park Service announced that their 2016 Centennial will be focused on getting the new generation involved in the National Parks. Through projects and campaigns they will encourage Americans to “Find Your Park.” With this in mind, we have rounded up 10 National Park Volunteer Vacations that you and the family can take to get started. Enjoy a week out at the Grand Canyon, cleaning up trails and campsites by day, and stargazing by night. Meet new people who are also looking to reconnect with this lush landscape. Most importantly, get the chance to leave your worries behind for a vacation you’ll never forget.

To get your started on planning your adventure, check out the Downloadable National Park Guides and the 10 National Park Volunteer Vacations for the Family…

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  • Forge a Trail in Alaska 2 of 11

    Head out on a week long volunteer vacation where you and the family work together with others to maintain trails at the Denali National Park. This volunteer program is a bit more strenuous so it's definitely one for bonding with the older kids. End the day with your fellow volunteers under the stars. This vacation runs from August 10-August 16th.
    Find out more at American Hiking.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • You Can Make a Difference in Yosemite 3 of 11

    Spend 4 nights in the heart of beautiful Yosemite. Start your journey off with a welcome orientation and dinner. Then, wake up in the morning for a day of working together to help maintain this park. You'll be doing activities like maintaining trails, fixing repairs from water damage, cutting vegetation to clear a path, and more.
    Find out more at REI.

    Photo via Wikimedia


  • Make Your Mark on the Sequoias 4 of 11

    Explore two travel vacation options that give back in the Sequoias. You can have the option of staying in a lodge or camping in the great outdoors. Part of your vacation will consist in helping with conserving the park, including revegetating wildlife habitats. It's not all work though, in your free time you can hike, fish, swim in the beautiful lakes, explore the Crystal Caves, and most importantly take in the beauty of nature.
    Find out more at Visit Sequoia.

    Photo via Wikimedia

  • Serving in the Rockies 5 of 11

    Camp with other volunteers in the mountain meadows of the Rockies from July 28th to August 3rd. Spend the day helping to preserve trails near beautiful Aspen. You will also help build "creature caves" which can quickly become homes for wild animals. On your time off you can go hiking or even rafting on this volunteer vacation.
    Find out more at Sierra Club.

    Photo via Wikimedia

  • Work Together in Marin 6 of 11

    The Marin landscape is full of stunning beauty and amazing wildlife, plus the view of the San Francisco skyline isn't too bad either. On this six-day trip (July 6-12th) you will play a part in maintaining the landscape, and helping out in protecting endangered species, like the Mission Blue butterfly. This trip provides lodging at the California Alpine Club, and most of your meals.
    Find out more at Sierra Club.

    Photo via Wikimedia

  • Volunteer Day-to-Day 7 of 11

    You don't have to go out on a full vacation to do volunteer travel. Consider checking out what volunteer opportunities are in your area for a family staycation that helps out the national parks too.
    Find out more at

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  • Help Clean Up the Grand Canyon 8 of 11

    Spend a week gazing up at the stars and maintaining Grand Canyon National Park from June 22-28th. Projects might entail everything from painting picnic tables to cleaning up trails and campsites. Meet the Grand Canyon National Park staff while you work alongside them to help improve this already stunning place.
    Find out more at Sierra Club.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Work Week in Yosemite 9 of 11

    If you want to spend more time in beautiful Yosemite, consider taking this week long volunteer vacation. Join a group of fifteen volunteers and help remove invasive plants, build more picnic tables, and preserve the area. On this volunteer vacation you will work about 6-8 hours a day, with a day off in the middle to go out to explore.
    Find out more at Yosemite Conservancy.

    Photo via Wikimedia.

  • Spend a Week in Bryce Canyon 10 of 11

    Take the family out for a week long trip from August 10th to the 16th to do volunteer work in Bryce Canyon. Hike around this beautiful place and help to preserve the stunning landscape by doing exotic plant removal, landscaping, and more. This volunteer trip also includes all your meals and snacks at the campground.
    Find out more at Sierra Club Outings.

    Photo via Wikimedia

  • Volunteering in the Lewis and Clark National Forest 11 of 11

    Pack up the family to head out on a volunteer adventure from July 5th to the 12th at the Lewis & Clark National Forest in Montana. You can play a big roll by helping to clear out trails, and digging up locations to install drainage features. This beautiful location is considered to be the "crown jewel" of the wilderness preservation system, with the stunning landscape.
    Find out more at American Hiking.

    Photo via Wikimedia

Jacinda Boneau is a fabric designer and founding co-editor at Pretty Prudent, the premier design and lifestyle blog providing inspiration and instruction to help anyone create beautiful things, food, and experiences for their friends and family.

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