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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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