Live the legacy of Bates Wilson in Canyonlands!
The Friends of Arches and Canyonlands Parks, in partnership with Canyonlands Field Institute, is hosting the third annual Bates Wilson Youth Camp in the Needles District of Canyonlands National Park.
We are inviting students currently in grades 8 through 12 with interests in national parks, conservation, outdoor education, geology, cultural history, public policy, or careers in the National Park Service or other public land agencies, but especially students who love learning in nature and having fun!
One of the core values of the Friends is to connect youth to the national parks by teaching the legacy of Bates Wilson, former Arches and Canyonlands Parks Superintendent and a key figure in the formation of Canyonlands National Park. We recognize, like Bates Wilson did, that natural places are vital for our children, their children, and continuing generations. The camp was created to bring youth to those places that exist because of people like Bates Wilson and his colleagues.
Spaces in the Bates Wilson Camp will be awarded to a minimum of 6 and maximum of 12 students who express their interest through the application. Once reviewed and accepted, students are only required to pay a minimal fee of $50 for the camp to secure their reservation. Students will learn about Bates Wilson’s role in our national parks, what it takes to make a national park a reality, and how one’s courage, passion and dedication can make a difference for future generations.
Some of the Camp’s activities and goals:
- Exciting Navtec Expeditions jeep adventure: Elephant Hill to Chesler Park
- Discover careers in recreation and resource management
- Archaeology and geology hikes with inspiring CFI guides
- Camp with CFI and prepare delicious Dutch oven meals
- Build your resume! This experience is a great learning adventure and worthy of mentioning in your college application process.
Canyonlands Field Institute will send you a trip registration form, medical form, and other forms necessary prior to the trip.
“This camp was awesome!!! I loved getting to talk to the rangers and see what they do and why they do it. It was also awesome to see how the park was formed and why it needs to be preserved.” – 2014 Participant