Department of Parks
State Parks Offer Organizations Volunteer Opportunities

Press Release Date:  Wednesday, April 18, 2007  
Contact Information:  Gil Lawson
(502) 564-8110 Ext. 307


FRANKFORT, Ky. – The Kentucky State Parks are offering non-profit organizations a chance to earn certificates good for free lodge rooms in return for some volunteer work.


The free lodging can be used by the groups for fundraising efforts. A certificate good for a one-night stay at a resort lodge per month will be given to groups volunteering at a state park or historic site more than 10 hours. A second certificate will be awarded if the group works more than 25 hours in a month.  The most a group can earn is two certificates in a month.


“We appreciate the volunteer efforts that many groups already perform at our parks,” said Parks Commissioner J.T. Miller. “We’re hoping to reward these organizations and stimulate more interest in working in parks.”


The week of April 15 has been designated as Volunteer Week in Kentucky by Gov. Ernie Fletcher.


To qualify, volunteer groups and projects must receive prior approval from park management. Volunteers must follow all guidelines set out by the park. This offer runs through June 30. It will be evaluated at that time.


Examples of volunteer work include clearing trails, light gardening, eliminating weeds or invasive plants, painting and picking up trash.


All interested groups should contact the park where they are interested in working.





The Kentucky State Park System is composed of 53 state parks plus an interstate park shared with Virginia. The Department of Parks, an agency of the Commerce Cabinet, operates 17 resort parks with lodges -- more than any other state. Each year, Kentucky parks draw 7 million visitors and contribute $317 million to the economy. For more information on Kentucky parks, visit our Web site at