Monday, April 20, 2009
Many have found a way to channel their energy and enthusiasm into volunteer programs as a way to express their gratefulness (if not devotion) to the canyon they hold dear. From removing non-native plants, to counting migrating raptors, the opportunities are many. The outings are fun, informative, and a great way to meet likeminded outdoor enthusiasts.
The Grand Canyon Trust is a great place to start for those looking for ways to give back. Check out their website for more details http://www.gcvolunteers.org/
Saturday, April 18, 2009
Ask just about anyone where they caught their first glimpse of the Grand Canyon and chances are they’ll answer Mather Point. Due to its close proximity to the busiest park entrance station, the lofty overlook is a typical first stop for visitors. Mather Point was named after the first director of the National Park Service, Stephen Mather, and never fails to dazzle the throngs that brave the guardrail-encased precipice.
Beginning this April, the National Park Service will begin a multi-phase construction project that will dramatically alter the Mather Point experience. Roads will be re-aligned, new parking areas will be developed, trailside exhibitry installed, and visitor amenities will be expanded at the nearby visitor center.
Once completed, the new and improved Mather Point area will provide an even more dramatic experience for those that have travelled near and far to gape at one of the natural wonders of the world.