Death Valley, CA

Site Leaders

Julia Siegel

Wynne Barsanti

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

National Parks Service



Departure Date


Return Date






Site Leader Description #1

Julia is a fourth year majoring in Public Policy & Spanish. After spending last spring break on an ASB trip in Moab, UT and having the BEST experience, she decided to apply to lead this time around. At UVA, Julia is a member of Fourth Year Trustees and The Resilience Project and a volunteer for Madison House. In her free time, you can usually find her running, binge-watching Netflix’s selection of stand-up comedians, and hanging with her pals (@Wynne!). She is looking forward to visiting Death Valley for the first time with an awesome group of people and learning more about the park!

Site Leader Description #2

Wynne is a fourth year majoring in Cognitive Science and Italian. She spent her last spring break with ASB in Guadalupe National park in West Texas, and is super excited to have the opportunity to lead a trip this year with Julia! At UVA, Wynne is a member of the AcHOOstics a cappella group, a volunteer for Adopt-a-Grandparent through Madison House, and the Women’s Ski Captain on VASST. When she’s not busy with school, you can catch her on a run with Julia, cooking dinner with her friends, or playing spikeball on Madbowl, all the while hoping someone will laugh at her John Mulaney references. She has never visited Death Valley before, but is so ready to explore this beautiful “land of extremes” with a new group of friends!

Trip Logistics

We will leave Saturday the 7th and fly to Los Angeles, where we will rent a van and drive to our campsite at Breakfast Canyon in Death Valley. We anticipate 4.5 days of service with the National Parks Service, leaving us with a day and a half of free time to go on larger hikes and explore the beauty of Death Valley National Park. Each night we will cook dinner together at the campsite and reflect on our day and continue to get to know each other better!

Participant Requirements

No previous experience necessary -- just a love for nature, a positive attitude, and a willingness to opt out of showering for a week!

Service Activities

We will be working with the National Parks Service in Death Valley and helping out in any way we can. Some possible service activities are trail maintenance and repairing damage inflicted by vehicles driving illegally off-road.

Recreational Activities

In addition to our service activities, we will have some time for recreational activities. There are many longer hikes that we can do for a day, as well as many beautiful landmarks we can visit around the park!

Community/Area Background

Commonly referred to as the “Land of Extremes”, Death Valley is the hottest, driest, and lowest national park. The landscape of the park varies from snowy mountain peaks to fields of wildflowers. The park is located in both California and Nevada (we will be in the California area!!) and was established in 1994. It is the largest national park in the lower 48 states. It is home to a variety of wildlife, one of the most common being the roadrunner. The beauty of death valley is inflicted by invasive plants, air pollution, light pollution, watermining, and overgrazing.

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