Grand Teton National Park Foundation

Pura Vida Celebrates Ten Years Impacting Local Latino Youth

Monday, April 29th, 2019
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Pura Vida students head into the park on a snowshoe hike.

Pura Vida's 2019 spring break session recently concluded in Grand Teton National Park and we could not be happier with the week's successes. Participants spent their time hiking in the park, exploring the National Museum of Wildlife Art, and completing many team building activities. This year, Pura Vida celebrates tens years of introducing local Latino youth and their families to recreational and employment opportunities in Grand Teton.

Click here to watch a recent video from the Wyoming Office of Tourism to see how Pura Vida has been impacting Latino teens for the last decade.

In total, Grand Teton hosted thirty-nine students representing seven different high schools from Wyoming and Idaho. For the first time, this year's class included Indigenous Ground Leaders — youth from regional Native American reservations. Pura Vida and Indigenous Ground Leaders enjoyed working together and learning from each other as they explored some of what the park has to offer. Many participants expressed further interest in obtaining internships and positions with summer youth programs in Grand Teton National Park and we hope to see them again soon.

Pura Vida Spring Break 2019 was full of sunshine and smiles!

The Foundation is proud to partner with Grand Teton and Teton Science Schools to implement Pura Vida, and we would like to thank all of the participants and staff who have helped shape this amazing program over the last ten years. We look forward to Pura Vida's continued success over the next decade.