Six of our most intrepid Parks in Focus participants from the Boys & Girls Clubs of Tucson embarked on a three-day backpacking journey at Saguaro National Park (Rincon District). This was the first time each of the participants had ever been backpacking and they handled it like champions. Boys & Girls Club staff member, Raphael, said “Our kids had a lot of fun and I hope we can do it again soon. It’s pretty amazing to see how resilient the kids are. That hike was not easy and they handled it really well!”
The group hiked five miles along the Manning Trail to camp at Grass Shack, across three biotic communities from Desert Scrub, through Dessert Grassland, to Oak Woodland and enjoyed the shaded riparian area around the campsite. The kids explored the rock pools flowing with perennial water and took photographs of the dozens of canyon treefrogs hopping along the smooth granite.
“I’m thankful for being in Parks in Focus because not a lot of people get to go to national parks and get to be outside.” –Elias, age 13
THANK YOU to the amazing staff, volunteers, and natural resources at Saguaro National Park and to Summit Hut for their continued and generous support helping provide outdoor opportunities for Tucson kids.
This project was made possible by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of L.L. Bean, DISNEY, the Anschutz Foundation, and the Ahmanson Foundation.