Tuesday, October 13, 2009

Voluntary Reward: Sacajawea State Park

Sacajawea State Park, near Pasco, Washington is a day-use park at the confluence of the Snake and Columbia rivers. The area is spread out with a big sky and excellent views of the two rivers as they flow together. The Sacajawea Interpretive Center features interactive displays that tell the story of the Lewis and Clark Expedition through the experiences of Sacagawea, the young Shoshone Indian woman who accompanied the expedition. The new exhibits relate what is known about her life before, during and after the Expedition. Volunteers play a vital role in sustaining the treasure that is Washington state parks, providing more than 275,000 hours of service each year (the equivalent of 145 full-time employees). Helping hands are needed everywhere for a wide variety of short- and long-term projects, providing interesting and rewarding volunteer opportunities for individuals, couples, schools, families, corporations, citizen groups and service organizations.