Grand Canyon, AZ

Site Leaders

Judy Nguyen

Kelly Rohrer

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

National Parks Service



Departure Date


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Site Leader Description #1

Judy is a 4th year engineering student majoring in Systems & Civil Engineering with minors in Computer Science and Biomedical Engineering. Outside of classes, she is involved in the Society of Women Engineers as the Corporate Relations Chair. When she isn’t living at eschool (sad lol), she loves hiking, biking, baking, and art. Within her last 4 years at UVA, she’s been involved with Outdoors Club, Housing and Residential Life (#reslife), research at Fontaine Research Park, Cville start-ups, and AOE. In the Spring of 2018, she attended an ASB trip to Biscayne, FL working to undoing Hurricane Irma’s damage to gravel trails and completing beach clean up on various islands around the park. Judy’s favorite color is orange, and her go-to Bodo’s order is lox and cream cheese on a whole wheat bagel.

Site Leader Description #2

Kelly is a 4th year at UVA studying systems engineering and minoring in computer science. When she’s not planning the best ASB trip ever, she plays on the virginia women’s club water polo team (rush wapo) and is a member of A.O.E. Last spring break, Kelly was a participant on the ASB trip to the Guadalupe Mountains and spent the week hiking and doing trail maintenance work with the coolest ASBuddies. The trip was so much fun that she decided to lead one this year! Kelly’s favorite color is green, and her bodos order is the sausage, egg, and cheddar on everything. In her free time she enjoys exploring charlottesville, spending time with friends and family, and playing with her adorable family dog, Libby.

Trip Logistics

We plan to fly out of DC or Richmond (depending on flight pricing) and into Flagstaff, Arizona on Saturday morning. We will take Judy’s and Kelly’s minivans to the airport and pay to park them there over the week. Once in Flagstaff, we will rent a van for the group and drive ~1.5 hours to the Canyon. At the Grand Canyon we will be staying in the labor cabins. The cabin on the right is the kitchen and the cabin in the back right is the laundry/shower/bath. The housing has heat/air, full bathrooms, a full kitchen (stocked with all cookware that you may need) and enough beds for everyone.

Participant Requirements

Participants should be physically active. Our service activities will be outside and likely include a lot of walking and other physical activity such as moving logs and sticks or lifting tools.

Service Activities

We will be potentially working with the Wildland Fire department doing controlled burns-will receive confirmation in October. Service might also include trash pick-up during parts of the week.

Recreational Activities

Potential recreational activities include hiking (i.e. Trail of Time, Bright Angel Trail), horseback riding, exploring the Visitor’s Center, checking out the Tusayan Ruins and Museum, renting bikes, visiting the Grand Canyon skywalk, stargazing, and immersing in the Native American culture in the area. We can decide which activities we want to do as a group before our trip.

Community/Area Background

The Grand Canyon became a national park in 1919 and receives 5 million visitors per year. The park is home to many archaeological projects that have uncovered artifacts from the park’s 11 associated tribes and ethnic groups. The park continues to strive for conservation and preservation of its historic sites.

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