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Grand Canyon Ecosystem Restoration

Program Number: 6259RJ
Start and End Dates:
10/19/2014 - 10/24/2014;
Duration: 5 nights
Location: Grand Canyon National Park, Arizona
Price starting at: $775.00 - Price may vary based on date, departure city
Program Type: Service Learning; National Parks; Natural History Activity Level: t (see description)
Meals: 13; 5 Breakfasts, 4 Lunches, 4 Dinners    
Meal Options: Vegetarian    

The Grand Canyon bears the impact of millions of visitors who have come to enjoy its stunning beauty. Some visitors unwittingly bring with them the seeds of invasive plants, and park staff work diligently to promote and protect healthy, natural ecosystems in heavily visited areas. Assist park staff with their crucial efforts to ensure that the native plants of the Grand Canyon thrive. Remove exotic and invasive vegetation, collect native seed for future use, plant native species in heavy-use areas and help out in the park’s native plant nursery.




Highlights

• Help preserve one of America’s most visited national parks for the enjoyment of future generations.
• Enjoy the camaraderie of enthusiastic Grand Canyon National Park staff and fellow volunteers who work alongside you and share your gratitude for this world wonder and its legacy.
• Gain an expert’s knowledge of the vegetation of the Grand Canyon while learning about endangered, invasive, native and little-known species.



Activity Particulars

Bending, shoveling, carrying potted plants and tools. Walking up to two miles, standing up to four hours. Uneven, rocky, sandy terrain. Work training and tools provided. Elevation 7,000 feet.



Coordinated by Northern Arizona University.




Grand Canyon National Park

Within the borders of its 1.2 million acres, this World Heritage Site offers bikers, hikers, rafters and campers everything from breathtaking vistas to high adventure. Its 277 miles of raw rock and water continue to amaze generations of visitors.



Accommodations
National Park lodge near the rim.

Road Scholar Instructors
These instructors are participating on at least one date of this program. Please note that changes may occur.
Richard Stephens

Rich has been director of Northern Arizona University’s highly popular Road Scholar programs since 2001. He previously spent many years in the field as a program coordinator and group leader, where he honed his skills and learned the importance of detailed, pre-trip planning. Before making his home in Arizona’s spectacular red-rock country, Rich spent 10 years in Yosemite National Park and the Santa Cruz mountains as an environmental educator.
 
Joanna Joseph

Daughter of a Montana saddle maker, Joanna Joseph is an artist, musician and interpreter of human history. At the University of Montana, she studied art, drama and classical Greek. Joanna was also program supervisor at Glen Canyon Dam, developing an appreciation for the importance of water in the Southwest. A resident of Big Water, Utah, she has worked with Road Scholar since 1994.
 
Meals and Lodgings
   Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
  Grand Canyon, AZ 5 nights
 Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Type: Lodge
  Description: Located in the Grand Canyon National Park, one-half mile from the rim in a quiet setting amongst towering ponderosa pine trees. The park’s free shuttle-bus service has a stop directly in front of the lodge that provides access to park viewpoints, Grand Canyon Village and visitor center.
  Contact info: 10 Albright (Yavapai Front Desk)
Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA
phone: 928-638-2631
web: www.grandcanyonlodge.com
  Room amenities: Telephone, TV, alarm clock, private bath.
  Facility amenities: Bank/ATM, bell and concierge services, guest laundry facilities, medical services, park information, post office, safe deposit boxes, free shuttle from lodge to historic Grand Canyon Village and scenic rim views.
  Smoking allowed: No
  Additional nights prior: Varies Reservations are made by calling (888) 29PARKS (297-2757).
  Check in time: 4:00 PM
  Additional nights after: Varies Reservations are made by calling (888) 29PARKS (297-2757).
  Check out time: 11:00 AM


Travel Details
  Start of Program:
Registration in lodge lobby/cafeteria from 4:30-5:30 PM. You will be staying at Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West that night.
  End of Program:
Program concludes at 10:30AM. Road Scholar van shuttles to Flagstaff Visitor Center / Amtrak Station. Due to limited shuttle access, please check shuttle schedules prior to purchasing plane tickets. You will be staying at Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West the night before.
  Required documents:
The Road Scholar Health & Safety Form is required. Volunteer Services Agreement for Natural Resources Agencies Grand Canyon National Park Volunteer Program Confidential Health Questionnaire NAU Shuttle Information Sheet
  Parking availability:
Free parking at the lodge for the length of the program.
Transportation
To Start of Program
  Location:  Grand Canyon, AZ
  Nearest city or town:  Flagstaff, AZ, 80 miles S.
  Nearest highway: US 180, AZ 64.
  Nearest airport:  Commuter, Grand Canyon, AZ; Intl, Phoenix, AZ
  From End of Program
  Location:  Grand Canyon Village
  Nearest city or town:  80 mi to Flagstaff, AZ, pop. 60,000
  Nearest highway: AZ 64
  Nearest airport:  Commuter airport in Flagstaff. Intl airport - Phoenix, AZ 230 miles
Travel Details
 

Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport to Flagstaff

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx $45/$4 discount for internet reservation
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

150 miles

   

Phoenix Sky Harbor to Flagstaff Train Station/Visitor Center is the first of two shuttles required to get from Phoenix Airport to Grand Canyon. Arizona Shuttle has multiple departures daily. This leg may be combined with either NAU Road Scholar van or Arizona Shuttle from Flagstaff to Grand Canyon. Online reservations at www.arizonashuttle.com. Contact Arizona Shuttle and/or NAU before making airline reservations.

 

Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station to Grand Canyon South Rim

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $29+$6 park entrance fee/$6 fee waived with Nat'l Park pass/$4 disc for internet reservation
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Flagstaff Train Station/Visitor Center to Grand Canyon is the second of two shuttles required to get from Phoenix Airport to Grand Canyon. Arizona Shuttle has multiple departures daily. Online reservations at www.arizonashuttle.com. Contact Arizona Shuttle before making airline reservations. $6 park entrance fee waived with valid National Park Pass. Discount for internet reservations.

 

Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station to Grand Canyon South Rim

 

From Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar Shuttle
phone: 928-523-2359
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15; plus $8.00 entrance fee at gate to Grand Canyon; entrance fee waived with National Park Pass
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Second of two shuttles to get from Grand Canyon to the Phoenix Airport. The NAU Road Scholar van offers transport to GC S. Rim at 2:30 pm ONLY on the first day of the program from the Flagstaff Visitor Center. NOTE: the 11:00 am PHX - Flagstaff AZ Shuttle departure is the LAST shuttle that will connect with the 2:30 NAU van on the first day of the program. Arizona Shuttle has many departures/day from Phoenix airport to the Flagstaff Visitor Center. Call both NAU and AZ Shuttle to confirm.

 

Grand Canyon South Rim to Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar Shuttle
phone: 928-523-2359
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15;
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

First of two shuttles required to get from Grand Canyon to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.The NAU Road Scholar shuttle will depart Grand Canyon by 11:00 AM on the last day of the program arriving at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (Amtrak Station) by 12:45 PM. Arizona Shuttle offers multiple departures from the Flagstaff Visitor Center (Amtrak Station) to the Phoenix airport. Call both NAU Road Scholar and Arizona Shuttle to confirm and before finalizing airline flight times.

 

Grand Canyon south Rim to Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $29/$4 discount for internet reservation
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

Approximately 1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Grand Canyon to Flagstaff Train Station/Visitor Center is the first of two shuttles required to get from the Grand Canyon to the Phoenix Airport. Arizona Shuttle has multiple departures daily. Online reservations at www.arizonashuttle.com. Contact Arizona Shuttle before making airline reservations. Discount for internet reservations.

 

Flagstaff Visitor Center/ Train Station to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport

 

To Airport

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

approx $45/$4 discount for internet reservation
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

3 hours 

 

Distance:

 

150 miles

   

Second Shuttle of two to get from Grand Canyon South Rim to Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport. Arizona Shuttle has multiple departures daily. This leg may be combined with either NAU Road Scholar van or Arizona Shuttle from Grand Canyon to Flagstaff. Online reservations at www.arizonashuttle.com. Contact Arizona Shuttle and/or NAU before making airline reservations.

 

Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station From/to Grand Canyon South Rim

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
Arizona Shuttle
phone: 877-226-8060
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

Approx $29 each way +$6 park entrance fee
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

Arizona Shuttle has multiple departures daily. Online reservations at www.arizonashuttle.com. Contact Arizona Shuttle before making airline reservations. $6 park entrance fee waived with valid National Park Pass. $4 discount for internet reservations.

 

Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station to/from Grand Canyon South Rim

 

From Train Station

 
 

Service:

 

Commercial Van/Shuttle
NAU Road Scholar Shuttle
phone: 928-523-2359
Advanced Reservations Required

 

Per Person/One Way:

 

$15; plus $8.00 entrance fee at gate to Grand Canyon; entrance fee waived with National Park Pass
Prices are subject to change.

 

Travel Time:

 

1 hour, 45 minutes 

 

Distance:

 

90 miles

   

The NAU Road Scholar van offers transport to GC S. Rim at 2:30 pm ONLY on the first day of the program from the Flagstaff Visitor Center/Train Station. The NAU Road Scholar shuttle will depart Grand Canyon by 11:00 AM on the last day of the program arriving at the Flagstaff Visitor Center (Amtrak Station) by 12:45 PM. Call for reservations.

 
Driving Directions
  Albuquerque, NM W on I-40 through Flagstaff, AZ and on to the AZ Hwy 64, Grand Canyon junction just east of Williams. Turn right (north) onto AZ Hwy 64 and continue for 60 miles to the Grand Canyon NP entrance station. Once inside the park, continue for another 5 miles to the lodge.
  Los Angeles, CA E on I-40 to Williams, AZ. Take AZ 64 Exit N to Grand Canyon. Stay on 64 N for 60 miles to the Grand Canyon NP entrance station. Inside the park, continue for another 5 miles to the lodge.
  Salt Lake City, UT. S on I-15 to junction with I-70, E on I-70 to junction with US 89 S. Take US 89 S through Kanab, E to Page, AZ, and S to Flagstaff, AZ. In Flagstaff, take I-40 W through Flagstaff toward Williams AZ. Two miles short of Williams take the AZ Highway 64, Grand Canyon exit. Turn north onto AZ 64 and continue for 60 miles to the Grand Canyon NP entrance station. Once inside the park, continue for another 5 miles to the lodge.
Elevation Note: 7,000 ft. Those with heart/lung conditions should check with physician before attending.

The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.


Daily Schedule

Day 1: Registration/Program Orientation and Introductions
(Sunday, October 19)
   
 Afternoon: After on-site registration between 4:30 - 5:15 PM, dinner will be in the lodge cafeteria.
 Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge Cafeteria. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.
 Evening: Northern Arizona University Road Scholar coordinator will direct a program orientation and facilitate group introductions after dinner. Get prepared for the worthwhile projects ahead at this world wonder and meet your fellow participants.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Meals Included: Dinner

Day 2: Introduction to Nursery and Grand Canyon Flora
(Monday, October 20)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast, shuttle from lodge to nursery for briefing by National Park Service re-vegetation crew supervisor. He/she will give the group a historical and ecological perspective on the significance of the weeks projects and review the specific tasks to be accomplished. In addition the group will receive and overview on park facilities, work priorities and safety procedures in preparation for morning work projects. Please note that the Vegetation Crew has various and changing needs so volunteers should plan to be flexible with daily work plans.
 Lunch: A box lunch will be served in the field.
 Afternoon: A presentation on Grand Canyon flora will provided sometime this week. More volunteer work this afternoon.
 Dinner: Dinner at your leisure at the Lodge Cafeteria. Choices include hot entrees, soups, salads, sandwiches, Mexican specialties, and a variety of tasty desserts.
 Evening: After dinner, a National Park Service ranger program will be offered at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which changes nightly, will be presented. Topics could cover Grand Canyon geology, native peoples, river running, condors, emergency rescue, etc.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 3: Revegetation Field Work at Grand Canyon National Park
(Tuesday, October 21)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast, shuttle from lodge to the nursery or directly to the work site for a briefing and the morning work projects before rolling up our sleeves in the field.
 Lunch: A box lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: After lunch in the field, work at the nursery, doing seed collection or other revegetation-related task. During the week participants will assist park staff with seed collection, removal of alien plants, replanting native vegetation, and nursery work.
 Dinner: Dinner selections served in the lodge cafeteria.
 Evening: After dinner, choose a night off to relax or see a National Park Service ranger program at the Shrine of the Ages Auditorium. An interesting Grand Canyon topic, which changes nightly, will be presented.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 4: Revegetation Field Work and Free Afternoon
(Wednesday, October 22)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast in the lodge, shuttle to the nursery for a briefing and the morning work assignments.
 Lunch: Lunch at the lodge cafeteria.
 Afternoon: Free afternoon, You may choose to explore the East Rim to Desert View or Cameron, on the Navajo Nation, (in your own vehicle) or the West Rim (via free park shuttle); hike into the Canyon on one of many trails; visit sites in the historic village district; treat yourself to the IMAX presentation (outside the park in Tusayan); journal, sketch or bird at a quiet location along the rim or just rest and refresh. A discussion of "free time options" will be provided by your guide to better help participants maximize their time.
 Dinner: Dinner on your own at one of the national park's 5 dining venues or outside the park in Tusayan or Cameron (car needed). Your coordinator will assist with restaurant options and reservation information.
 Evening: Return to the Canyon late, take in another of the park's Ranger Programs at the Shrine or enjoy watching the night sky with some of the clearest skies in the country.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch

Day 5: Revegetation Field Work
(Thursday, October 23)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: After breakfast in the lodge, shuttle to the nursery for a briefing and the morning work assignments and projects.
 Lunch: Box lunch in the field.
 Afternoon: After lunch in the field, work at the nursery or seed collection for the afternoon.The nursery, with 12,000 native plants, may employ volunteers in seed germination, propagation, repotting, fertilizing and composting.
 Dinner: Enjoy dinner at the Squire Inn, located just outside the park boundary, in the town of Tusayan. The Squire Inn serves delicious entrées to choose from including slow roasted herb chicken, a south of the border combo plate, spinach pasta with artichokes, or broiled salmon.
 Evening: This evening's dinner time will be an opportunity to reflect on all the work accomplished during the week. After a leisurely dinner return to the park lodge.
   
Accommodations: Grand Canyon South Rim Lodges - Yavapai West
Meals Included: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

Day 6: Program Wrap up
(Friday, October 24)
   
 Breakfast: Breakfast at the Lodge cafeteria. Options include scrambled eggs, pancakes, french toast, sausage, bacon, oatmeal, fresh fruit, juices, milk, coffee and more.
 Morning: Shuttle to the nursery or work site for finishing up work projects, program recap and farewells. Program ends by 10:30 AM.
   
Meals Included: Breakfast
Important information about your itinerary: Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and completeness of the information featured on this website. Itineraries are based on our best information at this time. Circumstances beyond our control may require us to adjust itineraries or other details. We regret any inconvenience this may cause and appreciate your understanding. Information will be sent to you from your Program Provider approximately three weeks prior to the program start date. The prices listed for commercial services and facilities that are not included in the program cost, such as airport shuttles or extra nights lodging, are subject to change without notice. Since Road Scholar cannot guarantee the accuracy of these prices, we strongly suggest contacting the companies directly for the most up-to-date information.

Suggested Reading List


A Field Guide to the Plants of Arizona


Author: Epple, Anne


Description: Excellent source for anyone interested in the plants of Arizona.



Field Guide to the Grand Canyon


Author: Whitney, Stephen R


Description: This book describes and illustrates the area's plants and animals, and offers fascinating in-depth information on the natural history and geology of this dramatic region. 272pp



A Natural History of the Intermountain West: Its Ecological and Evolutionary Story


Author: Gwendolyn L. Waring


Description: A Natural History of the Intermountain West was written to inform people about the wild world around us, with the idea that we all crave a connection to the natural world to ground us and give us a sense of place. It is also a book about change. While species are described throughout the chapters, the text is focused more on the profound processes that have shaped western ecosystems, based on a belief that understanding those processes is more meaningful than a list of names. The ways and the rapidity with which enormous ecosystems replace one another and sometimes even return as climates change are a magnificent testament to the tenacity of life.



An Introduction to Grand Canyon Ecology


Author: Houk, Rose


Description: 56pp



An Introduction to Grand Canyon Prehistory


Author: Coder, Christopher M.


Description: People have inhabited Grand Canyon for the past twelve thousand years. Evidence of their lives exists throughout the canyon; but it is up to their ancestors and archaeologists to interpret those remains for us. This book provides a popular look at the architecture, art, and tools of prehistoric Puebloan peoples, as well as information about modern-day Native American tribes. With illustrations and color photographs.



Introduction to Grand Canyon Geology


Author: Price, L Greer


Description: This overview of Grand Canyon geology is perfect for the first-time visitor or the seasoned Grand Canyon traveler. Chapters cover the basic priciples of geology, the history of geological exploration at Grand Canyon, the canyon's structural features, and the Colorado River. Includes over 70 photos and illustrations, an index, and glossary. 63pp



Living at the Edge: Explorers, Exploiters, and Settlers of the Grand Canyon Region


Author: Anderson, Michael F


Description: A comprehensive look at the pioneer history of the Grand Canyon Region, from its earliest residents to the creation of the national park at the end of the pioneer era (circa 1920). Included are close to two hundred historic photographs, many never published before, and 12 custom maps of the region. 184pp



Naturalist's Guide to Canyon Country


Author: Williams, David B. & Gloria Brown


Description: Comprehensive and beautifully illustrated trailside reference to plants, animals, and geology of an area that includes nine national parks and monuments. 192 pp.





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