A 360-Degree View of Volunteering
Dress warm, and dress in layers. A newcomer (now in its second year of public events) to the growing list of available volunteering activities, and appropriate for this time of year, are the snowshoeing events. I really love these events. We spend some time taking part in a physically exerting activity, like hauling buckthorn, before taking a hike to see a section of the park from a completely different angle, and learning a little bit about the ecosystem and history of the area along the way. These events are friendly to anyone suffering from being cooped up in winter, and are sure to get you smiling.
Offered a few times during the late spring through early autumn, canoe & rafting RAVEs provide a few dozen volunteers with a truly unique (when was the last time you were in a 24-foot voyageur canoe!?) and fantastic opportunity to traverse a 6 to 8 mile stretch of our park on the Mississippi, giving them a first-hand look at the national park in their own back yard. The price? All the park asks of us volunteers is to spend a little time on an island or riverbank cleaning up. RAVEs are friendly for people of all ages, but bring your bug-spray and a camera, as you are sure to need both. If you like getting outdoors and you haven’t been through the metro on the river then you owe it to yourself to go on a canoe or rafting RAVE this summer.
|River otter at Gun Club Lake|
|Winter otter den & entry hole with fresh scat|