May 11, 2020

Why I Keep Coming Back To Save Our Canyons

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While my current stint with Save Our Canyons is coming to an end, I am excited to see what Save Our Canyons has in store for the future. Although I am excited about my upcoming move to Pullman, Washington, I will miss Utah and Save Our Canyons a lot. I would like to thank everyone at SOC and our community for doing such important work in protecting the Wasatch and for their continual support for the organization. 

I have been reflecting on my time and history with Save Our Canyons. This organization has played a big role in my life since early on in my time in Salt Lake City, and I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to have different roles in it. I had been drawn to Save Our Canyons since I moved to Utah from NH for college, but did not know exactly why, until I started working for the organization and learned more about the mission and vision. Having grown up in the White Mountains, I was drawn to the Wasatch Range. Working for Save Our Canyons has given me insight into issues that wild places face, and steps that can be taken to mitigate some of these issues. 

It has also given me an understanding of the importance of the nonprofit sector, particularly environmental groups. Save Our Canyons has been particularly successful in its mission “to protect the beauty and wildness of the Wasatch Mountains” because the staff and community are passionate and dedicated to protecting this area. They are not afraid to fight the big dogs as a small 5-person organization, and make their voices heard. They do not take money from companies or interests that are keen on developing the Wasatch. Save Our Canyons speaks for the voices of nature that are not heard. From my experience, they are the most effective organization in the Central Wasatch when it comes to preserving and conserving nature and wild spaces. I am proud to have been part of this effort.

My first involvement with Save Our Canyons was 2015, while I was attending Westminster College. That fall I started volunteering with the Save Our Canyons Kids Program as an assistant educator. Assisting in SOCKids hikes gave me the aspiration to work for a non-profit that is as dedicated as this one. I loved how it connected kids with their natural environment, and had the feeling that there was to be more of this in my future. I was getting hooked. 

I returned to Save Our Canyons as the outreach intern in the fall of my senior year in 2017. This gave me the opportunity and tools to educate the valley and different user groups about Save Our Canyons and their role in protecting our sacred mountains. This internship helped direct me to the path that I followed after college.

After graduating from Westminster two years ago, I once again landed at SOC as the Education and Stewardship Coordinator. I was so excited to start my next chapter with Save Our Canyons and that excitement has only grown. Each day I look forward to helping preserve the Wasatch through educating and connecting our youth to it, and also by leading stewardship projects to conserve and preserve it. This job has been so gratifying and I am so grateful for all of the opportunities that it has presented. I have had so many memorable experiences with the outdoor community and the schools I have worked with. I have been very fortunate to have had a job that I love with the support of an amazing staff and community. I am excited to see when our paths cross again. This is not a goodbye, but a see you soon. 

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