Mission Moment

….. Continued

Through these seasons, outdoor education programs were provided afterschool, catering to intergenerational audiences and a diverse range of elementary to high school-aged youth in Windows & Lower Courthouse Wash within Arches National Park.

The programs, featuring interpretive hikes with a ranger, free play exploration, tasty snacks, and interactive experiences highlighting arch formation, seasons, and desert ecosystem flora and fauna, have garnered positive feedback from participants:

“This is like a nature obstacle course, it’s awesome!”

“So many cool rocks!”

“I love making new friends!”

Bradia Holmes, Education Coordinator of Moab Valley Multicultural Center, appreciates FOACP’s efforts stating, “I’m very grateful to organizations such as FOACP for thinking of locals.  People from all over the world come to see the beauty in Utah’s National Parks, while kids who grow up here may only get the opportunity to go once or twice with their school. It’s so important to connect kids with the outdoors and Arches and Canyonlands should be places that they are proud of and know, not just known as the ‘place the tourists go’. FOACP allows for local youths and families to experience the beauty of their home. This trip gave the opportunity for local kids to be proud of where they are from,” 

Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks looks forward to expanding these local-based programs in 2024. Youth-serving organizations and agencies interested in future programs can contact Steve Evers at steve@foacp.org