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
Meet in lobby; divide into student element groups
Motorcoach to Yakima Valley Museum for opening event
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
Welcome reception and dinner
• 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
Dance performance by members of the Yakima Nation
Return to Ledgestone Hotel and meet in element groups
8:15 - 9:30
Icebreaker: discuss themes, program, and key questions for the Youth Summit
Teachers and Leaders meet to discuss and plan
Wednesday, July 11
Check out of hotel
Breakfast at the hotel with program: “Tourism in the Yakima Valley,” representative from Yakima Valley Visitor and Convention Bureau
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
Depart for driving tour of Toppenish murals
• “Significance of the Murals,” Historian, Department of Political Science, Central Washington University
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.
Depart for G & G Orchards
• Personal story of experience as a farm worker and then owner, owner of G & G Orchards Cherry picking
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)
Dinner, Cruisers Pizza Restaurant in Packwood
Campfire, recreation, and free time
Element groups work at Packwood Station to prepare for Town Meeting
Thursday, July 12
Breakfast in the bunkhouse kitchens
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
Picnic lunch; tour Sunrise Visitor Center
• "Historic Buildings and Cultural Landscapes,” NPS historical architect
Introduction to recreational opportunities for families in Mt. Rainier National Park: Chief of Interpretation and Education.
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
Return to Packwood
Depart for Tatoosh Meadows
• Dinner at River House at confluence of Skate Creek and the College River; live music
Return to Packwood Station
Campfire; oral history of successful efforts to save Seattle murals
Meeting to review for Town Hall Meeting
Friday, July 13
Breakfast in the bunkhouse kitchens
• Check out of rooms; luggage on the bus
Depart for NPS Community Building, Longmire, Mount Ranier National Park.
Setup and rehearsal for 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.
• 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.