Los Angeles Students Explore Careers in Death Valley
For the second year in a row, high school students from the Los Angeles Conservation Corps' "Clean and Green" program visited Death Valley National Park for a week of service, environmental education, and job shadowing with the National Park Service staff.
"When we first arrived in
The Conservation Corps members removed invasive weeds from a field of native, blooming wildflowers and collected data for an ecosystem study of the Salt Creek pupfish, a species that only lives in
"Shadowing the rangers was a wonderful experience," said fifteen-year-old Juan Carlos Sanchez of
The Conservation Corps members camped while they were in Death Valley-including cooking, cleaning, and organizing their group camp with guidance from Corps leaders and National Park Service rangers. During the day, students also participated in curriculum-based educational programs led by park rangers, including a geological examination of Ubehebe Crater and an ecological exploration of the Mesquite Flat Sand Dunes.
This ongoing partnership between Death Valley Nation Park and L.A. Conservation Corps seeks to cultivate a National Park stewardship ethic among program participants, and encourage urban youth to consider green career fields.
"During this week in Death Valley, I've learned that nature is a beautiful thing," said Lizzette Rodriguez, 16, of
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Did You Know?
Badwater Basin, in Death Valley National Park, is the lowest place in North America and one of the lowest places in the world at 282 feet below sea level. The Dead Sea, between Israel and Jordan, is the lowest at 1371 feet below sea level.