Grand Canyon National Park
2009/2010 Accomplishment Report
Summer Youth Camp program
Grand Canyon is doing its part to inspire the next generation of environmental stewards. Summer 2009 and 2010 marked the first full seasons of youth service and learning summer camps at the park. The Branch of Environmental Education offered five camps each season, provided ranger programs for four non-profit camps, and led one service/career weekend for Native American students from Flagstaff High School. Each camp had a different theme, but the overall goals were the same: To facilitate personal connections to park resources, close the growing divide between youth and the outdoors by enhancing their comfort and skills in the outdoors, and connect the
preservation of Grand Canyon to conservation in their own back yards. Each camp included service projects and educational activities led by both rangers and youth. Service projects inspired in camp participants a sense of stewardship and gave them a context for learning about park resources.
The campers completed nearly 200 service hours, contributing to more than six different Science and Resource Management projects. In addition to helping manage resources, the camps promoted strong personal connections to both Grand Canyon and the outdoors.
Youth program at the South Rim. NPS photo
The Environmental Education Branch of Grand Canyon National Park seeks to inspire stewardship and enthusiasm for the outdoors among youth by providing programs that link the preservation of the park to conservation in their back yards and communities.