Grand Canyon Association starts volunteer program at Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park volunteers clear debris inside the park. Todd Nelson/NPS<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

Grand Canyon National Park volunteers clear debris inside the park. Todd Nelson/NPS<br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 --><br /><br /><!-- 1upcrlf2 -->

GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Grand Canyon Association (GCA) is teaming up with the National Park Service (NPS) to offer new volunteer opportunities for its members.

From March 30 to April 5, GCA members will have the opportunity to work with vegetation crews on a variety of different projects from replanting native vegetation to removing hazard trees to helping Park Service staff protect cultural resources by removing fire-prone undergrowth from archaeology sites. Volunteers will also work to complete springtime repotting and help with preparations at restoration sites and re-planting efforts at the Bright Angel Trailhead.

The project will be based at the Native Plant Nursery and volunteers will work primarily with the Vegetation Restoration staff. Lodging and meals are included during the volunteer week.

"We are excited to see our members' passion and excitement for Grand Canyon yo keep growing," said Susan Schroeder, executive director of the GCA. "Our enthusiastic members love to get involved and make a difference at Grand Canyon. This new volunteer program has been in the making for several years and we are thrilled to partner with the National Park Service in launching volunteer week."

More opportunities for GCA members to volunteer at the Grand Canyon will be from July 20 to 26 at the North Rim and Nov. 2 to the 8 at the South Rim. Project details have yet to be determined.

Additional information is available from Terri Attridge at tattridge@grandcanyon.org or (928) 638-3894.

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