Valles Caldera National Preserve News:
Jemez Springs – On Thursday, Aug 23, 2023, one of Valles Caldera’s wonderful volunteers, Dr. Bill Sayre, received the 2022 George and Helen Hartzog Award for Outstanding Volunteer Service at a ceremony in Washington, D.C. Watch the award ceremony at Live Events | U.S. Department of the Interior (doi.gov).
Sayre has been a huge help to staff and park visitors alike. He helps visitors make the most of their visit, teaches visitors and employees about the rich geologic story of the park, supports the development of upcoming new interpretive media, and has played an important role in charting the course of the interpretation and education program over the coming years.
Sayre is described as a superstar volunteer at Valles Caldera National Preserve whose efforts and expertise have benefited multiple program areas. It is not one specific contribution, but the variety of contributions that Bill has made to our park that makes him an exceptional candidate for a Hartzog award.
As a retired educator and geologist, Sayre has a profound gift for inspiring the hearts and minds of park visitors at Valles Caldera. He routinely volunteers ~20 hours per week with the interpretation team to greet and orient visitors, develop programs and assist with community outreach. During a particularly challenging period of staff turnover this winter and spring, Sayre voluntarily changed his schedule to come in on weekends to ensure that visitors would receive the customer service that they expect when visiting an NPS site.
Sayre is also a key member of the Valles Caldera Interpretation, Education & Volunteers program’s Strategic Planning Team, and his contributions will help us chart the course for the next 3 to 5 years in the program. He is an analytical thinker, and he represents a variety of park stakeholders. He is also an advocate for indigenous communities, offering thought-provoking questions and feedback about how the Valles Caldera may better incorporate tribal and pueblo communities and traditional knowledge/management in its programmatic decisions. Sayre’s contributions to the strategic planning process are an investment in the future of the park and its advancement of equity, inclusion, and access.
To see volunteer opportunities are on offer at Valles Caldera, visit Volunteer – Valles Caldera National Preserve (U.S. National Park Service) (nps.gov).