The Groundwork Cincinnati Green Team recently returned from a work service trip to Glacier National Park sponsored by Groundwork USA and the National Park Service. While there the youth worked alongside the Groundwork Indianapolis and Groundwork Milwaukee teams.
Their work while in the park was focused in two areas. The first was historic preservation of some of the park's iconic cabins and maintenance of their seasonal worker dormitories. The second was the removal of invasive plants from which the park is under threat. Both of these focus areas put to use some of the many skills the youth have gained while working for their Groundwork trusts throughout the summer.
While at Glacier, the participants were able to experience the park in all its grandeur. They hiked the iconic Highline Trail, crossed over the continental divide at Logan Pass, drove the Going-to-the-Sun Road, kayaked on Lake McDonald, went whitewater rafting on the Middle Fork Flathead River, participated in guided star gazing, and learned about the ecosystems of the park.
These experiences helped solidify the youths' appreciation and passion for the natural world while also putting into perspective the work that they are carrying out along the Mill Creek. This was a once-in-a-lifetime experience (some participants had never been on a plane before and the park will be glacier-free by 2030) that reinforced how important natural spaces are in urban environment.