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Certified Interpretive Host Training Offered at Tryon Creek

February 16, 2012

The Friends of Tryon Creek (FoTC) are facilitating a Certified Interpretive Host training course at the park on March 16 & 17 from 9 – 5pm.  The training is offered through the National Association of Interpretation (NAI) and designed for volunteers, docents, receptionists, customer service and store staff who have frequent interaction with the public but don’t present formal programs. If you’d like to know how to help visitors have a richer, more informative experience at our parks, this course is for you!

Cost is free for those taking it for personal enrichment, and $130 for those wishing to receive official NAI certification.  For more information about the program, see

Space is limited.  Early registration is available to FoTC volunteers first, with any remaining spots open to other interested OPRD volunteers.  To register, contact the Friends Volunteer & Outreach Coordinator Sarah Kreisman at

Volunteers Loretta & Owen Hill welcome visitors to the Yaquina Bay Lighthouse store in Newport

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  1. R.Walter Hoeppner permalink
    February 16, 2012 1:58 pm

    My wife and I have participated as a Volunteer Oregon Park Hosts and really enjoyed the experience. We met and made friends with many great hosts and rangers along the way. We particularly enjoyed the Oregon coast, and I was wondering how the debris from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami is impacting the Oregon Coastal parks? Is the debris being monitored for radiation?

    • February 17, 2012 8:42 am

      Thanks for the post and the question. Check out the work that Oregon State University is doing regarding the oceanic impact from the Japanese earthquake/tsunami. Thanks for volunteering with OPRD.

      • Owen & Loretta Hill permalink
        February 18, 2012 6:12 am

        Sad to hear about the demise of the paper copy of the Volunteer Voice, but can certainly understand it. One of our co-volunteers alerted us to the fact, and wow, how delighted we were to see that you had chosen our picture to include on the very First On-Line issue!! BUT, we are at The Yaquina Bay Lighthouse, (not Cape Meares). Oh, how we love what we do. We have been Volunteers for OPRD since 1997, our first assignment being at Memaloose State Park in the Columbia River Gorge, with Kevin Price. We have enjoyed every single minute of it, and for folks who might think, That’s Work!! We can tell them:You haven’t really had Such Fun Times!! until you have Volunteered For The Oregon State Parks. What a great Family they are. South Beach State Park , Dennis Comfort, and Staff can not be commended enough. We have been part of their team for the last few years. Owen & Loretta Hill

  2. February 21, 2012 11:27 am

    Oh my gosh! I had placed that location in my mind incorrectly for the longest time, so thanks Owen & Loretta for the correction here. Now of course that you point it out, I can recognize the downstairs counter at the Yaquina Bay lighthouse. I’ve now re-tagged the photo so it’s correct and even placed your names in the caption. So glad you were delighted to see your smiling faces there – you do us proud and we’re so happy to hear of your continuing adventures. Thanks again for serving with us…

  3. Hal & Gayle Buckholz permalink
    February 22, 2012 8:35 pm

    Great picturpe of Owen & Loretta Hill. We’ve worked with them for several years at Yaquina Bay Lighthouse. They are super folks with tremendous knowledge. They’re wonderful ambassadors for Oregon State Parks.

    We’ve enjoyed working for Oregon State Parks for several years & have thoroughly enjoyed our experiences and have made many friends along the way.

    Hal & Gayle Buckholz

    Hal & Gayle Buckholz
    Like the new online version. What about folks that don’t have access to a computer?

    • February 23, 2012 4:45 pm

      Greetings Hal & Gayle-
      Great to see you here and of course we’re happy to hear that you’ve enjoyed your volunteer service time spent with us. We have so many fantastic parks hosts in the system, we never want to take your enthusiasm for granted. That’s part of why this easy two-way conversation is exciting for us. It helps to keep the dialogue open.

      In terms of communicating with folks who don’t have a computer, it’s a tough issue to address. We’ve debated for years about this possible impending change and put it off for a long, long time. But now with budgets the way they are and printing and mailing costs skyrocketing (esp. color printing), we just can’t justify the expense any longer. It’s not that we don’t want to connect to those not embracing the latest technologies, but so few of our volunteers don’t have e-mails that it makes most sense to communicate the way most of the people are these days.

      I’m hoping that even those without computers have a way to get on-line on occasion (libraries, at a friend or relative’s house) should they choose to. Or they can always contact us by phone or mail and we are happy to answer their questions. I know this change will leave a few people we care about out of the immediate loop, but as long as they keep on volunteering with us, they’ll have access at the parks to at least see a print out of the latest. Friends, just ask your friendly park ranger to assist you here!

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