Grand Canyon, AZ

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Site Leaders

Maeve

Lucy

Type of Service

Environmental

Site Partner(s)

National Park Service

TRIP INFO

LOGISTICS

Departure Date

3/4/2023

Return Date

3/12/2023

Participants

10

Cost/Person

$930

Site Leader Description #1

Keerthi is a fourth year in the College of Arts and Sciences and is double majoring in Computer Science and Global Studies: Security and Justice. In 2020 she went on the Habitat trip to New Orleans, and had a great time learning about the unique culture of the city and meeting amazing fellow volunteers! This year, she is SO excited to be leading the Grand Canyon trip with Louisa. She loves eating good food, reading, going to UVA bball games, and Charlottesville in the fall -- the colors are unbeatable. She is super excited to meet this year’s Grand Canyon group!

Site Leader Description #2

Hey all! I am Lucy Resar and I am a fourth year in the college studying Political and Social Thought and Gender Studies. I am from right outside of Baltimore, Maryland (and can confidently say that it’s not all like the wire). Last year, I went to Anza Borrego state park in California and had such an amazing time! When I am not planning this trip or doing classes, you can catch me volunteering with Take Back the Night, hanging out with friends, or working at Slaughter Rec center (come say hi!). I love hiking, live music, road trips, and all things Trader Joes. I’m also always down to talk books or geek out over my Harry Potter obsession with you. Can’t wait to meet y’all soon and have such a fun trip!

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Trip Logistics

We will leave Charlottesville very early on March 4th to make our flight out of BWI Airport to LAS. Once we land in Nevada, we will drive to the park, stopping for groceries on the way, and set up camp. The next day is a free day, so we will have time to explore the park and surrounding areas. Monday through Friday, we will be working with the parks service from about 9 to about 4 each day. After that, we will likely do some hiking and sightseeing, then returning to the campsite to cook dinner, do reflections and play some games before bed. On Friday evening, we will pack up as much as we can before leaving super early on Saturday to make our flight from LAS back to BWI and then drive back to Charlottesville late Saturday night to be home by Sunday.

Participant Requirements

We will likely be camping so previous experience with camping is certainly awesome but by no means required. We will also be doing some outdoor service work so an open mind and a good attitude are the only necessary requirements for this trip.

Service Activities

We will be working with the National Parks service at the Grand Canyon in whatever capacity they would like us to. This can include many different types of work including working with vegetation, trail crews, environmental studies or many other types of manual labor. With environmental work there is always something to be done, so there will be no shortage of work assignments for us! :)

Recreational Activities

We will likely be following the recommendations from the park rangers but will certainly include some hikes and other sightseeing activities hopefully daily after the workday. The first day we have free so we will keep this day open in terms of plans so that we can get the group’s input as to what everyone wants to do for recreation on this day.

Community/Area Background

Grand Canyon National Park, in northern Arizona, encompasses 278 miles of the Colorado River and adjacent uplands. Located on the ancestral homeland of 11 Associated Tribes, Grand Canyon is one of the most spectacular examples of erosion anywhere in the world—unmatched in the views it offers visitors on the rim.