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Wilderness Volunteers

Zion National Park, UT (Oct 10th - Oct 16th 2021)

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Massive canyon walls ascend toward a brilliant blue sky. To experience Zion, you need to walk among the towering cliffs or challenge your courage in a narrow canyon. These unique sandstone cliffs range in color from cream to pink, to red. They could be described as sand castles crowning desert canyons. Zion's unique geographic location and variety of ecosystems combine to create a variety of habitats for a surprising array of plant and animal species including bighorn sheep and deer. Located on the Colorado Plateau, but bordering the Great Basin and Mojave Desert provinces, Zion is home to plants from each region. Evidence of ancestral Puebloans date from 2,000 years ago; Paiutes from about 800 years ago to present.

Our service project is a continuing project working with the Zion vegetation team to help eradicate invasive plants throughout the park and to restore native flora into the original, unique ecosystem Zion Canyon offers. Volunteers may find themselves clearing areas wrought with exotic plant species, and the next day working with park biologists in the Zion greenhouse. Participants will drive short distances to the project sites daily from our base camp at the Watchman group site in either Park Service vehicles or personal vehicles. Join us for this amazing and rewarding trip with a lot of front country amenities!

This project is rated as a active project.

Please note: Due to COVID-19, Wilderness Volunteers is operating our 2021 project schedule under our Modified Project Procedures for Volunteers. These project guidelines will be revised as needed. Please check back often for the latest version.

Due to additional COVID-19 precautions, we are prohibiting mixed household volunteer carpooling (with volunteers outside of the same household traveling in the same vehicle) to projects until further notice. Exceptions to this policy (eg close friends traveling together) will need to be discussed with/pre-approved by the office and will require additional precautionary steps for the individuals involved.  Thank you for your understanding and cooperation.

Check out more photos from last year's Zion NP project in our gallery.

Dates

Oct 10th - Oct 16th 2021

Service Project

Invasive plant removal, weeding & planting

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Free Days

Hiking, exploring, photography, wildlife viewing

Accommodations

Car and tent camping in designated campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, kneeling, lifting, lopping, digging. Elevation 4,000'

Leaders

Gerald Norton
Stephen Dorsett

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