Sequoia / Kings Canyon, CA
Type of Service
National Park Service
Site Leader Description #1
Isaac is a third-year from Ridgewood, NJ, majoring in Math and Biology. He also plans to minor in something, but he doesn’t really have a clue what yet. This is Isaac’s third year participating in ASB: first going to Congaree in South Carolina, and this past year going to Joshua Tree in California with Meredith, and is thrilled to return as a trip leader. Besides ASB, Isaac is involved in a variety of performing arts groups, and also works in an undergrad biology research lab. However, Isaac is at his happiest outdoors, whether it be finding new hiking trails in Cville, exploring Shenendoah, or simply finding a large rock to climb to the top of. He can’t wait to return to California, explore Sequoia, and work again with the NPS, alongside a bunch of great participants!
Site Leader Description #2
Meredith is a third year from Richmond, Virginia majoring in Biology and Religious Studies. This is her second year participating in ASB--last she went to Joshua Tree with Isaac where they became experts in desert plant identification, had objectively the best milkshakes in Southern California, didn’t shower for an entire week, and survived a flash flood in a desert that gets three days a year of rain! Needless to say, she is so excited to be leading a trip this year and looks forward to meeting all of the participants. Outside of ASB, Meredith is involved in Madison House Medical Services, Chi Omega Sorority, Best Buddies, and InterVarsity Christian Fellowship. Her favorite place in the world is Owls Head, Maine, she can play MoBamba on the recorder, and she loves talking about her mini-goldendoodle puppy! She is so excited to explore Sequoia and do the amazing work that ASB does every year!
We will be staying in volunteer housing provided by the National Park Service, but are still going to try to preserve the camping vibe! We will be making our own meals for the week, eating breakfast and packing lunch before departing for the day of work with the NPS. We will then be returning to work together to prep dinner each night.
As for traveling, we will be driving to D.C early on Saturday morning, flying from Reagan to LAX later that day. Once we arrive in L.A, we will pick up the rental car and drive the 4 hours to Sequoia National Park. On the way we will pick up groceries for the week, and meet up with the NPS quickly upon arriving at the park. On the return home, we will again pack up and leave early, this time to drive to LAX. Our flight will ideally be around noon, so that we arrive back to D.C later on Saturday night. From there we will drive back to Cville!
None! Our trip is open to anybody, no matter your outdoors experience! All we ask is that you come with an open mind.
In past years, groups have done a wide variety of projects during the week. They have worked on oak monitoring, wildlife monitoring, assisting in the native plant garden and nursery, and/or assisting the maintenance team. We can get more into specifics closer to the arrival date, but likely we will be doing similar work.
Though we will likely spend a significant amount of time volunteering, we will have plenty of time to explore the parks! We will have time to go on hikes, find some viewz, and experience the park’s wildlife. Home to the second largest tree in the world, beautiful canyons, mountains, and waterfalls, we will be able to take full advantage of experiencing the variety of beautiful sceneries and wildlife.
On September 25, 1890, Sequoia National Park was established as America’s second national park after being signed into legislation by President Benjamin Harrison. It was originally created to protect the giant sequoia trees from logging. In 1940, President Franklin D. Roosevelt created a new national park to include the glacially-formed Kings Canyon. Since WWII, Kings Canyon and Sequoia have been administered jointly. Since then, the park has grown and is visited by more than 1.5 million people each year, all wanting to experience the beauty and diversity of the wilderness.