The Washington State Fair is starting to wind down in Puyallup, WA, with the last day of The Fair being this Sunday.  After putting snowshoes on over 1,000 kids, talking to over 10,000 fairgoers about Mount Rainier, eating over 100,000 calories in one funnel cake, and maybe recruiting one or two volunteers, I have learned a lot about outreach programs and the best ways to engage the public from our Outreach Specialist, a ranger who has been seasonal for the last 49 year, all spent at Mount Rainier.

The one rule to always remember:  Use lots of pretty pictures and very little text.  This allows the fairgoer to form their own connections with the imagery and ask honest questions, which leads to a conversation.  So, I am looking to you to start the conversation, while I show you some pretty pictures.  Some I have taken, others were found deep within the park archives.  I look forward to starting a conversation with you. (But really, e-mail me / send me snail mail and ask questions!)

MRNPA Working in a Cloud
Trail Maintenance in a Cloud
A Ranger-to-be gets ready for her shift at Seattle's Every Kid in a Park Kickoff Event
A Ranger-to-be gets ready for her shift at Seattle’s Every Kid in a Park Kickoff Event
REI Testing Gear
R.E.I. representative taking his sleeping bag out for a walk
Local Boy Scout Troop learning the proper way to plant native vegetation
Local Boy Scout Troop learning the proper way to plant native vegetation
Traditional Wednesday Afternoon at Paradise
Traditional Wednesday Afternoon at Paradise

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My name is Ian Harvey and I am the National Park Service’s Centennial Volunteer Ambassador for Mount Rainier National Park.

(e-mail conversation starters to ian_harvey@partner.nps.gov)