In July 2017, twelve GCYC Youth and two chaperones visited Yellowstone National Park to learn about the environment, natural resources, native plants and animals. They conquered fears, developed leadership skills and came to understand the importance of being stewards of our earth, especially national treasures like Yellowstone. The trip was made possible by Park Journeys, Yellowstone Park Association and the generosity of GCYC donors.
Students researched Yellowstone's geology, wildlife and history, including the history of African American's work in the park. They painted on a mountain top, wrote in journals, hiked the trails, tracked wild animals, cooked their own meals and developed a new sense of community. Whether the students confronted personal challenges such as physical exertion on a long and steep hike or developed a new found joy of solitude and "unplugging" from technology, the group undoubtedly had the experience of a lifetime.
I learned about a national park and how it functions and how we depend on the ecosystem and the outdoors.— High School Junior