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Interstellar Orchard: Park hosting for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Onto week three of Park Hosting here at Enchanted Rock State Natural Area. I’m continuing to have a good time and now feel confident in calling this camp hosting experiment a success. For the curious wondering what it’s like volunteering for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, I present this little post that explains what I do here and how to sign up if this is something you might be interested in trying. Let’s go!

At Enchanted Rock, the norm is for park host teams to work three partial days a week to get their 25 hours in, and couples have the same work hours by default unless they’d rather be staggered. Our one solo park host worked 25 hours over the course of five days to get her time in. They will not outright ask you for more hours here, but on busy weekends we often end up working “overtime” because we feel bad leaving when the park is slammed. On the other hand, if the weather is bad and visitation is low, we are often let out early.

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About Rebecca Smith

Rebecca Smith is a Wisconsin native currently living in Illinois with her husband, Eric, and two dogs, Maggie and Grace. She enjoys hiking, biking, kayaking and, of course, camping in cabins and park models.

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