Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program - Salt Lake City, UT

by University of Utah Department of Parks, Recreation, and Tourism
Activity Type: Camping, Hiking, Stewardship, Other
Region: Intermountain

The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger Program empowers urban youth in leadership roles.

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Please describe your project in more detail.

The Wasatch Front Urban Ranger (WFUR) program began in September 2015 as a partnership between the University of Utah's Parks, Recreation, and Tourism Department and the NPS.  During the the academic year 2015-2016, UofU students, serving as Urban Rangers, provided information to trail users about National Historic Trails, public land policy, and environmental impacts along the Bonneville Shoreline Trail.  The first phase of the program has three purposes: to engage urban youth in healthy outdoor recreation on public lands; to connect youth volunteers to trail users with information and education about trail etiquette, ecology, management, and ways to protect SLC's fragile watersheds; and to collect data about the condition of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail, recreation users, and the number of environmental impacts.

In 2016-2017, the WFUR Program expanded to include the Jordan River Parkway Trail with the addition of the Jordan River Commission as a primary program partner alongside the National Park Service (Timpanogos Cave National Monument and the Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance Program).  

The WFUR program hires 10-15 volunteers each year to serve as Urban Rangers.  Each volunteer Urban Ranger is responsible for patrolling a section of the Bonneville Shoreline Trail and the Jordan River Parkway Trail (to view both locations on Google Maps, visit goo.gl/PJ7pMv) once a week with an additional volunteer of their choosing.  While on patrols, Urban Rangers provide environmental interpretation, public lands education, perform light trail maintenance, provide assistance to outdoor recreation participants, monitor homeless populations, perform first aid as needed, and pull invasive weeds. 

In addition to 6 patrols/week, Urban Rangers participate in 25-30 special events each year, such as wilderness monitoring in the Deep Creek Mountains, trail maintenance for National Public Lands Day, and environmental interpretation events for school children.

How many kids (grades K-8) will be directly engaged in this project?

500

What is the name or school district associated with the project?

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