Volenteering for the Parks

On Saturday Sept. 30 people all over the country entered the nation’s national parks and public lands for free. While some explored and enjoyed all the activities the parks have to offer, others gave back to the parks.

One local group of 24 under the direction of Cedar Breaks resource manager Bryan Larsen gave back by visiting Cedar Breaks National Monument to help plant native plants over a recently installed septic tank and next to a recently paved trail. The group planted 300 native species and spread several bags of seed in just under two hours.

The group used shovels, rakes and picks to break up the hard dirt and dig holes to ensure the seedlings from Zions National park got the best possible start.  

Phenix Johnson, a senior Outdoor Recreation major from Las Vegas, Nevada, said her favorite part was volunteering at Cedar Breaks. She said that it was her favorite place in the world and she liked working for her favorite place.

Local opportunities to volunteer for the national parks and public lands can be found by contactacting local offices or by visiting the National Parks Service volunteer page

Story By
Mitchell Quartz