Youth Summits Agendas



Connecting Cultures: Washington State
Youth Summit Agenda

Yakima Valley and Mount Rainier National Park

July 10-13, 2012


Tuesday, July 10

3:00 - 4:45

Arrive Yakima to register and check into the Ledgestone Hotel

4:45
Meet in lobby; divide into student element groups

5:00
Motorcoach to Yakima Valley Museum for opening event

5:15
Museum Hunt activity
• Count the number of cultural groups that have lived in Yakima Valley
• Welcome entertainment provided by Trios Los Romanticos band and La Casa Hogar dancers

5:45
Welcome reception and dinner
                       
6:30
Summit convenes!
• Welcome elected officials, leaders, and dignitaries
• Introduction to the National Park Service American Latino Heritage Initiative, Associate Director, Cultural Resources, National Park Service 
• “A Valley of Many Cultures,” Assistant Vice President of Academic Affairs, Heritage University
• “Counting Stories from the Valley,” Director, Yakima Valley Museum

7:30
Dance performance by members of the Yakima Nation

8:00
Return to Ledgestone Hotel and meet in element groups

8:15 - 9:30
Icebreaker: discuss themes, program, and key questions for the Youth Summit

9:30
Teachers and Leaders meet to discuss and plan

10:30
Lights out!

Wednesday, July 11

7:00
Check out of hotel

7:15
Breakfast at the hotel with program: “Tourism in the Yakima Valley,” representative from Yakima Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau

9:00
Motorcoach to Granger to visit Radio KDNA, Spanish-language radio and “the voice of the farm worker.” 
• “History of the Farm Worker in the Yakima Valley,” Founder of KDNA.
• “The Continuing Power of Radio,” KDNA Station Manager
• Fruits of Our Labor photo exhibit at KDNA

10:30
Depart for driving tour of Toppenish murals
• “Significance of the Murals,” Historian, Department of Political Science, Central Washington University
 
11:30
El Ranchito (in Zillah), a historic gathering place for Mexican people from as far away as Seattle. Reopened Feb 2012 as a restaurant, bakery and tortilleria. 
                       
1:00
Depart for G & G Orchards
• Personal story of experience as a farm worker and then owner, owner of G & G Orchards Cherry picking

3:00
Motorcoach to Packwood (one hour drive) and check into the Packwood Station (bunk housing for fire fighters that was formerly US Forest Service Ranger Station)                       
           
6:00
Dinner, Cruisers Pizza Restaurant in Packwood

7:00
Campfire, recreation, and free time

8:00
Element groups work at Packwood Station to prepare for Town Meeting

10:30
Lights out!

Thursday, July 12

6:00
Breakfast in the bunkhouse kitchens

7:00
Depart for Mt. Rainier National Park; drive through eastern portion of park

9:30 - 11:30
Community service project at White River Campground, led by NPS staff: clearing hiking trails of rocks and debris

11:30
Picnic lunch; tour Sunrise Visitor Center
• "Historic Buildings and Cultural Landscapes,”  NPS historical architect

1:00
Introduction to recreational opportunities for families in Mt. Rainier National Park: Chief of Interpretation and Education.

3:00
Depart for Ohanapecosh Campground
• Interview campers about why they visit the park and what they like to do there.
• Hike through The Grove of the Patriarchs, an old growth stand of douglass fir trees
                       
5:00
Return to Packwood

5:45
Depart for Tatoosh Meadows
• Dinner at River House at confluence of Skate Creek and the College River; live music

7:30
Return to Packwood Station

8:00
Campfire; oral history of successful efforts to save Seattle murals

9:30
Meeting to review for Town Hall Meeting

10:30
Lights out!

Friday, July 13

6:00
Breakfast in the bunkhouse kitchens
• Check out of rooms; luggage on the bus

7:30
Depart for NPS Community Building, Longmire, Mount Ranier National Park.

8:30
Setup and rehearsal for Town Meeting

9:30
Town Meeting
• Introductions and welcome, NPS officials
• Student reports with recommendations, addressing the core questions:  What would draw more Hispanic families here to enjoy the National Park?  How could the Yakima Valley share the story of Latino history with heritage travelers?
Response by panelists, including local stakeholders and Youth Summit participants. 

11:00
Summit concludes
• Depart for Yakima. Box lunches onboard motorcoach.
• Parents who attend the Town Meeting may pick up their students e at the NPS Community Building.  All other students will meet their teachers/parents in Yakima (place TBA)at approximately 1:30 in the afternoon.

 


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