Note: The Leading the Way program will not be running in 2020.
In partnership with Grand Canyon Youth and the National Park Service Natural Sounds and Night Skies Division, we are proud to announce the “Leading the Way” program for students who are blind/ visually impaired or fully-sighted.
A group of 20 teenagers will be selected to receive scholarships for a once-in-a-lifetime leadership adventure! Over the course of 10 days, students will journey into the heart of the Grand Canyon, learning about the importance of natural sounds, participating in meaningful science, learning about career opportunities with the National Park Service, and honing their leadership strengths. At the end of this transformative expedition, students emerge as leaders ready to face personal and global barriers with passion and perseverance and inspired and equipped to be the next generation of ambassadors for the National Park Service.
The first 2 days of this expedition are spent camping near the rim of Grand Canyon. Here, students build community, practice camping and hiking skills, engage with NPS staff and volunteers, conduct service projects, and learn the methods they’ll use for natural sound research.
The next 8 days are spent rafting the world-renowned Colorado River. This once-in-a-lifetime experience promises thrilling adventure, meaningful reflection, amazing connection with others and nature, and the opportunity to experience “What’s within you is stronger than what’s in your way.” While on river, students help facilitate learning through student-driven projects and work with NPS scientists on the importance of appreciating and studying natural sounds.