We are working on logistical issues with our site contact at the Grand Canyon. Alternative trip plans are currently being organized, specifically looking at other parks out west. If the trip location changes, we will update you. This is still an eligible trip to apply to even if the site changes to a different location.
Type of Service
National Park Service
Site Leader Description #1
Hi everyone!! I’m Jess Li, a fourth-year Global Public Health major with minors in Anthropology and Sociology. While this will be my first ASB experience, I’ve heard plenty of amazing things through Abbey and can’t wait to go on this incredible journey! Outside of class, you might find me serving as the Chapter President for AXO, volunteering at the Shelter for Help in Emergency, or skating for the Club Figure Skating Team! You may also catch me going on coffee runs wih Abbey or cycling away at Zoom. I also love plants, trying new restaurants, cooking, traveling, and visiting museums! I’m so excited to meet y’all!
Site Leader Description #2
Hey y’all! I am Abbey Ingram and I am a fourth year studying Biology and Data Analytics. Last spring, I went to Anza Borrego, California with ASB, where I had a crazy and incredible experience and met some of the very best people UVA has to offer :) When I’m not at Mudhouse drinking iced lavender oat milk lattes with Jess, I’m working at the hospital as a CNA, nannying the most adorable toddler ever, and volunteering with Madison House. I also love hiking, photography, trying really hard to learn the guitar, baking, and listening to creepy true crime podcasts. I can’t wait to meet you guys!!!! <3
We will be flying out of either DC or Richmond early on March 4th into Utah. Once we land, we will be renting 2 four-wheel drive vehicles and driving to Arches National Park. Once we arrive, we will set up camp. On the 5th, Sunday, we will have a day to explore the park and settle in before our work week begins on the 6th. From the 6th through the 9th 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 10th, we have another free day where we will go on a guided hike with park rangers. On Saturday, March 11th, we will drive back to Salt Lake City and catch a plane back home, and then drive back to Charlottesville so that you have all day Sunday before class starts.
The only requirement is to come with a good attitude and an open mind! We will be tent camping, so previous experience with camping is great but not required. We will also be engaging in environmental service and hiking.
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. We will likely be engaging in environmental service, which may include removing invasive species, clearing trails, etc.
For the days of the 5th and the 10th 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!
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 gray 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!