Project Need: $60,000

Many kids from Clark County, Nevada, have never visited a National Park, and with Zion only two hours away, the canyon provides the perfect opportunity for their first introduction to a National Park. Concrete-to-Canyons (C2C) is celebrated for impacting students from Title 1 schools in Las Vegas and Mesquite, Nevada, by giving them an unforgettable multi-day adventure in one of America’s most breathtaking natural settings. The experience embeds a sense of wonder and responsibility towards our planet in these young people’s lives.

One teacher involved with the program remarked, “Seeing the spark of curiosity ignite in our students as they explore Zion’s majesty is a reminder of the power of nature to educate and inspire.” A student squealed excitedly to agree: “Before coming here, I didn’t know places like this existed in real life. It is amazing.”

Ashley Dang, Zion’s Education Technician who guides these young adventurers through Zion’s landscapes, emphasizes the importance of such programs: “Every child who visits leaves with a piece of the park in their heart. They’re the future guardians of our natural spaces.” 

C2C is more than just a trip. It’s a journey into the unknown for many of these students, offering them their first encounter with the great outdoors. Through hiking, camping, and educational activities led by passionate park rangers, they learn about environmental stewardship, teamwork, and the importance of preserving our natural heritage. Funded by the Zion National Park Forever Project and the support of generous donors, the program covers all expenses, ensuring every child can participate regardless of their financial situation.

Now in its 9th year, your support for the Concrete-to-Canyons program will ignite a lifelong passion for conservation and stewardship in visiting children. By donating, you’re not just funding a child’s dream; you’re investing in the future of our planet. Together, we can ensure that all children can experience the wonder and power of nature, fostering a new generation of environmental leaders who will carry forward the torch of preservation and respect for the natural world.