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Interagency Volunteer Pass

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[IMAGE: Interagency Volunteer Pass]Costs: Free


  • Honored nationwide at all Forest Service, National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and US Fish & Wildlife Service sites charging entrance or standard amenity fees.
  • Valid for 12 months from the month of issue. Expires the last day of the month punched.
  • Admits pass holder and any accompanying passengers in a private non-commercial vehicle.
  • At per-person fee areas, admits pass holder and up to 3 persons. Persons 15 and younger are admitted free of charge.


The date is validated by the issuer at the time of issue. The pass is not valid for use until volunteer signs the pass.

[GRAPHIC: Interagency Annual Pass Hangtag.]Display

At staffed sites, show your pass to the booth attendant.

At unstaffed sites, use hangtag to display pass from rear-view mirror. Hangtags are available at Forest Service offices.

At per-person sites, present pass upon request.

Other Important Details

The pass is available through agency volunteer program coordinators. Work with your local forest volunteer coordinator to ensure your volunteer hours are tracked and recorded.

The pass can be issued free of charge to a U.S. citizen or permanent resident who individually accrues 250 volunteer hours.

A volunteer may begin to accrue hours on or after January 1, 2007.

There is no specific time frame in which the volunteer hours must be accrued. If a person is awarded a pass for volunteering 250 or more hours, their volunteer time goes back to zero in terms of counting the next 250 hours. Only one pass may be issued per year to an individual.

Volunteer hours may be accrued for any agency-sponsored volunteer activity. Individual volunteers may also accumulate hours while working with a group.

Interagency Volunteer Passes are non-transferable and non-replaceable if lost or stolen.

The Interagency Volunteer Pass belongs to the signer only and s/he must be present for the pass to be used. Photo identification may be requested to verify pass ownership.

One decal for open topped vehicles may be issued free with an Interagency Volunteer Pass. Decals can only be used for motorcycles or open-topped vehicles at unstaffed sites and are only valid with an Interagency Volunteer Pass.

Interagency Volunteer Passes do NOT cover expanded amenity fees or special recreation permits.

How to Obtain a Pass and Hangtag

Interagency Volunteer Passes are available at most national forest or grassland offices. Use the following link to find a web site to a national forest or grassland located near you. Contact the office you plan to volunteer for, using information provided on local web sites, to ensure your volunteer hours are tracked and recorded.

Click to find a local national forest or grassland web site near you.

Volunteer Opportunities: www.volunteer.gov/gov/

Share the Experience Photo Contest

[LOGO:  Share the Experience - Official Federal Recreation Lands PHOTO CONTEST]

Each year a new photo, which is selected through an annual contest, adorns the Interagency Annual, Interagency Annual Military, and Interagency Volunteer Passes. We invite you to go out to your favorite spots, snap some pictures and submit them to Share the Experience Photo Contest.




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Last modified December 22, 2014

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