State Parks volunteers are the best!
In 2018, our remarkable volunteers contributed 210,000 service hours towards work in the parks. Just over 9,800 individuals contributed their time supporting the state park system by assisting with everything from cleaning campsites to trail maintenance to 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 simple thank you is not enough. Each year we recognize a few of our outstanding volunteers, and here are the awards for 2018:
Award of Excellence
Gary Formhals, Fort Casey Historical State Park
Herb and Jean Klein, Fort Worden State Park
Mike and Marcia Barrett, Blake Island State Park
Volunteer of the Year
Wayne Clark, Fort Casey Historical State Park
Hosts of the Year
Ross and Pam Dunfee, Sacajawea State Park
Rookie Host of the Year
Lori Cobb, Sacajawea State Park Troye Jarmuth, Fort Flagler State Park
OUTSTANDING CONTRIBUTIONS BY HOSTS
Blaine and Becky Housden
Outstanding Contribution by a volunteer
Mark Keene, Cama Beach State park
Group of the Year Western Washington
Friends of Fort Townsend State Park
Group of the year Eastern Washington
Olmstead-Smith Historical Gardeners, Olmstead Place Historical State Park
Outstanding Contribution by a Group
Orcas Island Odd Fellows, Moran State Park
Learn more about our 2018 volunteer awards.