Eleven Longwood students participated in a service-learning project at Grand Canyon National Park over spring break in March.
Students in the Alternative Breaks student organization worked with Grand Canyon staff on various projects in the park’s wildland fire program.
“Our work included actively learning about the relevance of tree surveys in wildland fire prevention planning and clearing dry brush from the landscape as a preventive measure against the possible spread of wildland fires,” said Katharine Troth ’16, a biology major from South Riding set to graduate in December. We also learned about the academic and historical side of prescribed fires in the United States from fire ecologists and park rangers.”
Alternative Breaks members also have participated in similar service-learning experiences at Saguaro, Zion and Joshua Tree national parks.