The #VoteYourPark contest is quickly coming to a close and we need all the votes we can get! Submit your vote online at voteyourpark.org to help HistoriCorps restore Keys Ranch at Joshua Tree National Park.  When we make it to the top 8, we’ll win $250,000 – all for restoration purposes! And YOU will then get the chance to volunteer on that project.

Keys Ranch is a super cool place in the middle of the Mojave Desert that was home to William Keys and his family for a number of years before Joshua Tree Park was in existence. Keys was a miner, a tinkerer, a jack of all trades, a rancher, a homesteader, and a convicted murderer. Not necessarily in that order. The ranch has such a fantastic history, and the site still has the original ranch house, a school house, windmill, orchard, junk yard and car lot filled with Keys’ old cars and inventions.

We’ll be heading out to Joshua Tree to restore the old ranch house to prepare it for public access inside the house – something that has never before been possible. If you want to work on an awesome project in the middle of the California desert, VOTE for Joshua Tree National Park TODAY and every day through July 5. Don’t forget to submit your vote after you click “Vote.”

I’ve been voting every day since the contest started, and we’d love it if you would vote too! We’re voting for all three California parks – Yosemite, Golden Gate and Joshua Tree. California is the only state with THREE parks in the running, and HistoriCorps is the only Colorado organization in the running. All the more reason to vote and give us a boost in the contest!  We need you!

See you at the ranch,

-Jen