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Volunteering is an exceptional form of reciprocity for people who benefit from the experiences and services provided in parks and protected areas. Parks and protected areas can also offer reciprocity to volunteers through authentic engagement, professional programs, and opportunities to lead collaboratively.

Parks and protected areas have a long history of public involvement. From volunteer trail care to campground hosts, people care a great deal about protected areas and are willing to offer significant time and energy to help parks and protected areas fulfill their mandates. 

In recent decades, many organizations have turned to citizen science to engage the public and to increase their capacity for research. Whether for the educational value or for the actual science produced, citizen science is full of potential for building capacity and effectiveness of conservation work in parks and protected ares.

Regardless of how an organization engages volunteers, the Canadian Code for Volunteer Involvement provides effective guidelines and tools. 

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