Grand Canyon, AZ


Site Leaders

Keerthi Medicherla

Louisa Edwards

Type of Service


Site Partner(s)

National Park Service



Departure Date


Return Date






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

Louisa Edwards is a third year from Chicago studying Statistics, Social Entrepreneurship, and Computer Science. This is her first experience with ASB (and her first time visiting the Grand Canyon), and she is beyond excited to be leading this trip with Keerthi. When she’s not studying in Clark, you’ll find her running, doing Crossfit, cooking, or hiking.


Trip Logistics

We will fly out of either DC or Charlottesville (depending on flight pricing) and into Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday morning. Once in Las Vegas, we will rent two cars for the group and drive ~2.5 hours to the Canyon. At the Grand Canyon, we will be staying in labor cabins, which have beds, air conditioning, full bathrooms, and a full kitchen.

Participant Requirements

Participants should be physically active and enthusiastic! Our service activities will be outside and likely include a lot of walking and other physical activity.

Service Activities

We will be partnering with the National Park Service to support their conservation efforts. Past groups have helped with vegetation inventory, plant collection, transplanting, watering nursery plants, plant identification, and invasive plant species removal, so our service may involve one or several of those activities.

Recreational Activities

Potential recreational activities include hiking, biking, horseback riding, exploring the Visitor’s Center, checking out the Tusayan Ruins and Museum, 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.