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NPS Volunteer Awards

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The National Park Service rewards our NCTA volunteers based on volunteer hours.

In 1970, Congress passed the Volunteers-In-Parks Act to allow national parks to use “volunteers for or in aid of interpretive functions, or visitor services or activities.” Since then, volunteers have supported National Park units in many aspects, such as natural and cultural resources, interpretation and maintenance. In turn, volunteers have been able to give back to communities in some of the most visually captivating, historically rich, and ecologically vital locations our nation has to offer. Volunteers with the North Country National Scenic Trail are included as part of that National Park legacy. Thanks to all the North Country Trail volunteers for your hard work and dedication throughout the years!

The *awards are presented by NPS staff at the NCTA Celebration each year.

  • 100 hours: NPS pin, name badge, and certificate
  • 250 hours: Water bottle
  • 250 hours: America the Beautiful parks pass
  • 400 hours: Personalized shirt with NCTA logo and NPS volunteer patch
  • 1,000 hours: Personalized vest
  • 2,500 hours: Personalized jacket
  • 4,000 hours: Presidential Award (pin, certificate, and letter from the White House)
  • 10,000 hours: Personalized plaque

Interested in volunteering or looking to report your hours? Or do you want to nominate an outstanding volunteer (or two, or three!) for an NCTA award? You can do it all here at northcountrytrail.org using the Volunteer tab!

*The America the Beautiful parks pass which is awarded when earned.