• Volunteers enjoy the beautiful landscape while hiking the Appalachian Trail with the Appalachian Trail Conservancy in Damascus, VA.
  • DOI/VISTA Josh Little Owl and NPS employees of Bighorn Canyon pass out booklets to Pretty Eagle Catholic Academy Students at Little Bighorn Battlefield.
  • DOI/VISTA-BIA-TCU Team members and support staff tour a greenhouse at Tesuque Pueblo during Inaugural Training Spring 2014.
  • DOI/VISTA project site, New River Gorge, located near Fayetteville, West Virginia.
  • Volunteers working at the Grand Teton National Park, WY, a DOI/VISTA project site.
  • Robert Parmenter, Director of Science & Education at Valles Caldera National Preserve, educating students from the Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute's Range Management class on the preserve's history and range management practices.
  • Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Park DOI/VISTA, Sarah Deleon, working with volunteers.
  • Southwest Indian Polytechnic Institute staff and volunteers displaying the newly constructed shade structure for SIPI's community garden.
  • DOI/VISTA-BIA-TCU Team Members and support staff.

The DOI/VISTA Initiative is a collaboration between the Department of the Interior (DOI), AmeriCorps Volunteers in Service to America (VISTA), Conservation Legacy, and many local non-profit partners.

The objective of the DOI/VISTA Initiative is to support underserved communities in using public lands for employment opportunities, health, and education.

With the first members placed in February 2014, and funded in large part by the Office of Secretary Sally Jewell, the DOI/VISTA initiative began as a part of the Play, Learn, Serve, Work, component of DOI's youth engagement strategy. 

DOI/VISTA Projects partner DOI resources with community nonprofits to promote economic development, environmental stewardship, and healthy futures in underserved or impoverished communities. Supported by a local supervisor and the Build, Restore, Innovate, Develop, Grow, Empower (BRIDGE) Network, DOI/VISTA members build capacity for their hosting nonprofit organizations to fight poverty by writing grants, conducting outreach, and developing administrative infrastructure.

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