For the past several years, wildlife biologists at Grand Canyon have been sponsoring a group of eight youth volunteers ranging in ages from 10 to 17 years old to educate and involve them in efforts to reduce negative human/wildlife interactions at the park. The programs generally last from two to four weeks and give the youth volunteers unique opportunties to learn useful skills in wildlife management and the role and function of biologists in a real work setting.
These young volunteers have not only expressed an interest in wildlife management, but have demonstrated their commitment of time and energy to support and promote stewardship of all national parks. The youths have come from states as far away as Texas, Colorado, and Washington.
This summer, the Grand Canyon National Park expects several youth biologists from previous years to return again, and plans to recruit several new volunteers to participate and continue the legacy of environmental education for youngsters in caring for our nation's wilderness areas.