Excited to see the Park creating short-term opportunities for visitors to connect with Zion in a different way. It would help if they mentioned what types of project they will work on; even if they simply offered some examples, it would help folks get an idea of this is for them. It’s easy to imagine this type of program becoming very popular, if well supported. I think many people would love to say, “We went hiking on Monday, then on Tuesday we joined up with the ZNP firefighters to clear brush up at Lave Point.” Fun to be part of something larger within a Park System so many love so dearly.
Date: June 9, 2011
Contact: Jessica Kusky, 435-772-0184
Contact: Marc Neidig, 435-772-0164
On June 10, Zion National Park will begin a weekly volunteer program for the public. This program provides visitors and local residents with the opportunity to complete projects that improve the park’s appearance, enhance visitor experiences, and contribute to resource management efforts. Volunteerism is a wonderful way to help preserve Zion National Park while sharing an enjoyable and rewarding experience.
Drop-in volunteer opportunities will be offered every Friday through November. Anyone interested in participating should meet at 9:00 a.m. at the Zion Canyon Visitor Center Shuttle Stop. Participants should bring water, sunscreen, sturdy walking shoes, and a hat. Gloves and tools will be supplied. Projects will last two to three hours and require no prior knowledge or training. Possible projects include litter removal, minor trail maintenance, and the management of invasive plants.
Groups larger than 10 people must pre-register to participate. No prior registration is required for individuals. Participants under the age of 18 must be accompanied by an adult. Please contact the park’s volunteer coordinator at 435-772-0184 to pre-register a group or to learn more about this program and other volunteer opportunities in the park.