State Parks volunteers are the best!

In 2016, our remarkable volunteers contributed 222,250 service hours towards work in the parks. Volunteers for State Parks assist with everything from cleaning campsites to trail maintenance to assisting with telling the story of the parks. They clean beaches, complete service projects, assist with special events and help the park rangers by serving as camp hosts. We have groups that adopt their local parks, as well as friends groups who work to support both their individual parks and the state park system as a whole.

Our volunteers are vital to keeping the system running and a simply thank you does not seem like enough. Each year we recognize a few of our outstanding volunteers. Here are the awards for 2016:

Volunteer of the Year

Dick Malone, Fort Casey State Park

Hosts of the Year

Willie and Susan Salmond, Kanaskat-Palmer State Park
Bert and Cathy Miller, Fort Worden State Park

Interpretive Volunteer of the Year

Audrey Anna Rabalais, Cama Beach State Park

Rookie Host of the Year

Marti Lindhorst, Riverside State Park

Outstanding Contributions by Individuals

Dick Hagener, Dash Point State Park
Lindy Adelmann, Fort Worden State Park
Tim Woods, Riverside State Park
Steven Kobylk, Fort Casey State Park

Group of the Year

Friends of Fort Worden State Park

Outstanding Contribution by a Group

Washington Trails Association, Beacon Rock State Park

Special Mention

Don and Rose Meyers, Grayland Beach State park
Judi Whitehouse, Twin Harbors State Park
Mark Doss, Fort Worden State Park
Maddie Rose, Deception Pass State Park
Ted Klump, Beacon Rock State Park

Governor's BBQ for Hosts 2016