Moab, UT

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Site Leaders

Morgan Butler

Julia Moschella

Type of Service

Environmental

Site Partner(s)

National Park Service

TRIP INFO

LOGISTICS

Departure Date

3/5/2022

Return Date

3/12/2022

Participants

10

Cost/Person

$850

Site Leader Description #1

Hi y’all! My name is Morgan and I am a third year from Richmond, Va., studying Global Public Health and Medical Anthropology. My first year, I went on the Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park trip where I loved getting to hangout with our super cool park ranger, engage in their service activities, and hike and hangout with some fantastic people. Some things that bring me joy are hiking, volunteering around cville, telling/listening to funny stories, playing the mellophone in the marching band, and cooking up something creative in the kitchen. I am super excited to get to do service, hangout with our park ranger, camp, drive in our 12 passenger van, cook, hike, engage in service-learning, and meet 8 new wonderful people! It’s going to be a great week!

Site Leader Description #2

Hi everyone, I’m Julia! I am a third year from Christiansburg, VA, majoring in Kinesiology. I went on an ASB trip to Savannah, GA my first year and had a blast working with Habitat for Humanity and meeting some amazing people. At UVA, I work as a personal trainer, am a member of the club basketball team, and love going to sporting events. I am a total gym rat, but also really enjoy being outdoors to go hiking/backpacking and explore new places. Morgan and I met through ASB and immediately got super excited about leading a trip to Moab together. Since then, we’ve come up with lots of ideas to make sure we have THE BEST TRIP IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD. I can’t wait to visit Moab, work with the park service, and have a great spring break with some new friends!

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Trip Logistics

Logistics of our self-proclaimed “Best Trip in the Whole Wide World”: We will be flying out of Richmond early in the morning of the 5th to Salt Lake City. Once we land, we will rent a van, drive to Moab, and stop for groceries on the way. Once we arrive, we will set up camp and cook dinner. On the 6th we will have a day to explore the park and hike before our work week begins on the 7th. From the 7th through the 10th we will be waking up early, cooking breakfast, and packing lunches before meeting our site contact for a day of work. After we finish service, we will have time to explore more parts of the park before returning to our campsite for dinner, games and reflections. On the 11th, we have another free day, which we can spend in Canyonlands National Park, which is about 30 minutes from Arches. On our final day, we will drive back to Salt Lake City and catch a plane back to Richmond, where we will then drive back to Charlottesville.

Participant Requirements

There are no specific requirements for the trip. We will be camping but no previous experience is needed. Just come with an open mind to do whatever the park rangers ask!

Service Activities

We will be helping out the park rangers with whatever tasks they have in store for us! Our schedule is flexible and dependent on whatever projects the park service needs.

Recreational Activities

For the days of the 6th and the 11th we will have free days where we will not be working with the park service. We will spend this time exploring Arches National Park as well as Canyonlands National Park nearby. During these days we will be hiking and sightseeing, so if anyone has anything particular they would like to do, we can definitely work it into the schedule. Along with the free days, we will also have time after our work days to hike, explore, stargaze, and/or hangout at the campsite and play some games!

Community/Area Background

Arches National Park has been a crown jewel of American natural history since it was founded. This park is a popular spot for hikers, mountain bikers, rock climbers, tourists, and volunteers. The assortment of rock formations and wildlife are extremely fascinating and some are very unique to this area of the country. There are more than 2,000 natural sandstone arches in the park, which constitute the highest density of natural arches in the world. Rocks in the park may appear red, black, orange, purple, or greenish grey as a result of the iron they contain and the conditions under which they were formed. Moab contains many awesome sights with a unique history behind them that we look forward to experiencing this spring!