Over the next five weeks, 110 elementary students are participating in three-day, two-night experience at Zion National Park called ‘Concrete to Canyons’.
The program is designed to introduce urban youths to the wilderness and recreation opportunities in public lands. Sadly, but for most participants, these trips will be their first time hiking or camping.
Jack Burns, Zion National Park’s acting superintendent expressed their excitement about the project.
“We are so excited to be having these students here. It is great to see their faces experience the park for the first time.”
Eight teachers from Las Vegas’ Rainbow Dreams Academy and Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy also participated in the first Concrete to Canyons Teacher Institute. The group learned more about the park’s resources while also participating in some of the same activities and camping situations that their students will experience.
Zion is located three hours from Las Vegas via charter bus. After the students set up their tents and camp, park rangers lead them in a series of activities, including canyon building, animal track investigation, ecosystem exploration and small group hikes in the park’s wilderness.