Volunteer Park Photographer

Weekly Newsletter of Upcoming Projects

November 22, 2013

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NOVEMBER 23- Holy Grail Contest ends!

Time's almost up for submitting photos of multigenerational multi cultural people using the parks. There are REALLY good prizes, remember! Send them to us, in a folder named Holy Grail- or we will choose for you from your recent submissions.

The winners get a $100 gift certificate to a photo store, or a sailboat ride on the bay, or a plane ride over the bay (must weigh less than 150 pds)!

(photo by alison Taggart-Barone)

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Alcatraz Sleepover update

We're still getting images from you, and they look great. This one from Michael Silverman was a real surprise; and he gets extra credit for correct spelling!

New Video program

We're very happy to say there are three videographers volunteering in the VIP program now. Congratz to Sally Delta for the first of many compelling and informative news stories about the park! Check it out by following the link:


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NPS 2013 Photo Contest

Reminding you again- Just Do IT!!!!!

Go to: http://sharetheexperience.recreation.gov/home

Park Photographer Calendar - keep checking it please!

George and Alison update the calendar every two weeks or so, and we'd love some feedback from you all about how it's working for you.


If the calendar isn't showing up properly for you, let George know so we can fix it.

Find us by chance?

Consider joining by becoming a volunteer at Golden Gate National Recreation Area (GGNRA). See what other opportunities are currently available.

More Info: http://go.nps.gov/BeAParkHero

Interested in becoming a Volunteer Photographer for the GGNRA? Apply now at:


Upcoming Major Events

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GGNRA BioBlitz 2014; how many plants are in this photo?

BIOBLITZ is a partnership between the National Park Service and National Geographic where scientists, naturalists, and anyone with an interest in science and nature team up to see, count, identify, and map every plant and animal possible. It's a Biodiversity festival sharing the nature and cultures of Louisiana and featuring music, food, and exhibitors with hands-on activities.

Mark your calendars!


MARK YOUR CALENDARS for March 28 to 29, 2014

(photo by Roland Greenberg)


Most of you are doing this really well, and our uploading volunteer (Alison) thanks you for it! BUT some of you are giving us carefully named images like this : Alcatraz_20131122_(your intitals)_ 17..... when we'd prefer simply ALCA_131122_(your initials)_17. Please use the four letter acronym for the location, not the full name, and 13 for the year, not 2013. The four letters are the first two in the location name; Fort Mason= FOMA, Marin Headlands=MAHE, etc. THANKS!

  1. Edit and delete the out of focus, blinking eyes and other bad shots
  2. Edit again, choose the better ones and process them (crop, sharpen, etc)
  3. Name them LOC_YYMMDD_Photographers intitials_sequence #
  4. We prefer the Adobe 1998 color space, and DNG as the file format
  5. Name the folder in Box.com with the location and event name, plus your name!
  6. Pat yourself on the back for doing good :)

Volunteer Park Photographers (JPGs) Folder on Box

You may have noticed this folder on Box.com. Quite a few Volunteer Managers (and group organizations) have been requesting copies of your images. If you have a chance, please upload JPG versions of your group photos into this folder. Please create a folder in accordance to the name of the group participating and the date, and upload them.

Park Academy

Park Academy provides professional career preparation for park interns, professional development opportunities for park staff, and personal enrichment for volunteers by providing ongoing learning opportunities. Conservancy members are also invited and encouraged to register for classes of interest.

To find out more go to http://www.parksconservancy.org/learn/park-academy/

CPR & First Aid Training

CPR & First Aid Courses are going to be available to staff and volunteers in January & February 2014. If you are interested in learning taking advantage of learning this please let us know. This is a free class, we just need about half a day from you.

Volunteer Park Photography Program

The Design Volunteers In Parks (DVIP) program is an innovative program which works in collaboration with students from the Academy of Art University, R/GA, and Ex'pression College. The purpose of the program is to help students connect with the parks' natural and cultural resources while demonstrating their ability to understand particular targeted audiences. Students participating in the program benefit by obtaining experience as volunteers working for the National Park Service as clients. Students also have the opportunity to demonstrate their skills in new media design.

The Volunteer Park Photography program is a branch of the DVIP program which focuses on Digital Photography. Now in its 5th year, we are commemorating the anniversary of the program by featuring photos from volunteers in the Presidio Visitor Center. We hope to have the exhibit up soon.