After two successful years, Pura Vida will return in 2012 to continue building a bridge between Jackson’s Latino residents and Grand Teton National Park through a series of bilingual activities that highlight park resources.
One spring break session and two summer sessions offer extensive learning experiences, teamwork, and wilderness recreation. Service projects are also a priority and provide hands-on opportunities to improve the park and spark discussions about the importance of stewardship. Sessions also incorporate natural and cultural history, interpretation, and journaling, sketching, and photography to encourage students to document their impressions. On designated days, families also participate in outdoor activities led by the students. The Foundation provides each family with an entrance pass to encourage them to continue visiting national parks over the upcoming year.
Pura Vida is successfully creating experiences that introduce Latino students and their families to Grand Teton and providing tools and guidance to help them enjoy and learn from their natural environment. Not only is the newest sector of our community enjoying the park, we are helping Grand Teton reach a younger, more diverse audience who will play a role in keeping national parks relevant well into the future.