Help needed handing out surveys

If you are looking for a chance to volunteer at Mount Rainier National Park, but don’t want to hike, climb or dig, there is an opportunity for you.

Each year, the park hands out survey forms at key visitor centers. The surveys help park managers monitor how well the park is meeting visitor needs, and to get a sense of where and how to improve.

Volunteers are needed for four-hour shifts throughout the summer, but it usually doesn’t take the whole time to hand out the stack of forms.

Participants will stand at a predetermined location and ask visitors if they’d be willing to take a survey form, which can be mailed back.

If you’re interested in helping, email Kevin_Bacher@nps.gov as the park volunteer program is setting up the schedule. They will contact participants with details on where to go and what to do.

Here is the summer schedule:

Sunrise: Friday, 10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.

Paradise: Saturday, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Ohanapecosh: July 6, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Longmire: July 14, noon-4 p.m.

Longmire: July 17, 12:30-4:30 p.m.

Paradise: July 23, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Ohanapecosh: July 2, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.

Sunrise: July 26, 3-7 p.m.


For the eighth year, the American Roots Music Series will take place at Deception Pass State Park on Whidbey Island.

The series of free outdoor concerts will be held every Saturday in July, starting July 5. The first concert starts at 5 p.m. with a performance of Dixieland jazz by The General’s 7 Dixie Band to celebrate Independence Day weekend. The group features eight soldier-musicians from across the state who are members of the Army National Guard. They will be followed by a performance at 7 p.m. of Irish music by Crumac.

The remaining concerts all begin at 7 p.m.

July 12: The duo Susan Lewis and Janet Stecher make up Rebel Voices, singing for social and economic justice.

July 19: Hale Bill & the Bopps feature Scandinavian fiddle music, including schottisches, waltzes and polkas.

July 26: Quichua Mashis is comprised of Quichua Indians from the Andean mountains of northern Ecuador. Their music reflects the struggle of the Quichua people, their connection to “Pacha Mama” (mother earth) and their spiritual journeys through history.

Admission is free to the performances. The Discover Pass is required for vehicle access to the park.

The concerts will be held in the West Beach amphitheater on the Whidbey Island side of the park, unless it’s raining. In case of rain, performances will be at the East Cranberry Lake picnic shelter.

May visitation

Mount Rainier

May 2014: 55,951

May 2013: 51,227

Difference: 9.2 percent

Year to date 2014: 141,646

Year to date 2013: 126,316

Difference: 12.1 percent

Despite some later-than-normal openings of the passes in the northeast corner of the park, Mount Rainier still had a good month of recreational visits. The count helped push the year-to-date count to more than 12 percent above last year’s count through the first five months.


May 2014: 282,962

May 2013: 274,629

Difference: 3.0 percent

Year to date 2014: 704,632

Year to date 2013: 678,008

Difference: 3.9 percent

A boost in visitors to the Kalaloch District helped offset declines in the Elwahe and Mora districts. May’s count was the second best in the past five years, topped by the 287,399 recreation visits in May 2012.

National Park Service

May 2014: 27,904,047

May 2013: 27,454,490

Difference: 1.64 percent

Year to date 2014: 90,740,119

Year to date 2013: 90,685,401

Difference: 0.06 percent

Source: National Park Service