GNPVA volunteers logged over 6,700 hours in Glacier National Park in 2013, but none of our efforts has created as much excitement or exceeded everyone’s expectations as that of the dedicated crew that volunteer at the Apgar Nature Center.
Over 10,000 park visitors make a stop at the nature center each summer season to touch the skulls, feel the pelts and take part in all the hands-on exhibits, and the Volunteer Associates are mainly responsible for that opportunity.
We met with the park a few years ago, wondering what we could do to help increase the visitation at the nature center (it was only open an hour or so each day). The park asked us to find and organize the volunteers, coordinate the scheduling and fund the operational costs, which we were happy to do.
We now have a group of 22 dedicated volunteers staffing the nature center six hours a day, every day, during the peak season. The nature center provides a great volunteer opportunity for those who prefer not to hike the backcountry or paint a building!