Cape Hatteras Lighthouse Volunteers Commended

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Date: April 10, 2014
Contact: Outer Banks Group, 252-475-9034

This National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, the National Park Service commends Volunteers Richard and Kay Gordon, winter stewards of the Cape Hatteras Light Station for nearly ten years. The Gordons have been volunteering each winter at the Cape Hatteras Light Station, consistently working four days a week staffing the museum and sharing the history of the Cape Hatteras Lighthouse with visitors from around the world. With the Gordon's help, the museum remained open during the winter. According to Rich and Kay, they "prefer to volunteer during this slower time of year."It gives them a chance to have some meaningful conversations with visitors, allowing each person to explore the park's resources in greater depth.

While traveling cross-country on their honeymooning in 1974, Rich and Kay began to think about volunteering with the NPS. Having never lost sight of that dream, after they retired in 1999 from the Ohio public school system, they sold their house, purchased a motorhome, and for the past 15 years have traveled the country volunteering in national parks.

Their volunteer supervisor, Park Ranger Jason Ginder, said "Rich and Kay are treasured members of our team.Their positive attitudes and willingness to lend a hand whenever needed makes them valuable resources to the park and our visitors!"

At the end of March, as their winter season came to a close, Rich and Kay shared that they are looking to again settle down and reconnect with family, including their newest grandchild. Even though the future may root the Gordons in one part of the country, we are certain that they have left a positive mark on all seven of the national park units they have volunteered in over the past 15 years.

Visit, to learn more about volunteering with the National Park Service and other state and federal recreation agencies around the country.

Did You Know?

Seasparkle, a tiny dinoflagellate that can be seen glowing in the surfline at night.

The beaches along Cape Hatteras National Seashore sparkle at night. When you kick the sand, you disturb tiny dinoflagellates like seasparkle, magnified in the picture to the left. A chemical reaction causes them to glow with a blue-green light.

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