Contact(s)

Rebecca Gardon
Account Executive
Email: rgardon@wrightoncomm.com
Phone: (858) 755-5411
rchappell@wrightoncomm.com

Mark Landon
mlandon@thenaturecorps.org
Tel: (805) 434-0299
10.04.2012

Leave a personal legacy while enjoying one of America's most cherished places, Sequoia National Park, Oct. 29 through Nov. 2

SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, Calif., Oct. 4, 2012—Wuksachi Lodge and Nature Corps are partnering to offer all-inclusive volunteer vacations to support conservation efforts in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Nestled in the heart of Sequoia and operated by Delaware North Parks & Resorts, the 102-room lodge will serve as base camp for vacationing volunteers seeking to assist on restoration projects Oct. 29 through Nov. 2.

Volunteer vacation participants will come together this fall primarily to restore the lower shade house of Sequoia’s aging but vital plant nursery. After standing up to years of brutal winters, the park nursery‘s lower shade house will be renovated and rodent-proofed. Upon completion, volunteers will experience the satisfaction that the shade house will continue to nurture thousands of native plants essential to the preservation of Sequoia’s world-renowned ecosystems. Other upcoming conservation projects include restoring meadows or replanting critical wildlife habitat.

While a portion of each volunteer vacation is dedicated to working on conservation projects, participants will enjoy plenty of sightseeing. Experienced Nature Corps guides will lead excursions to walk ancient sequoia groves, swim beautiful lakes, explore Crystal Cave and hike to the top of granite domes to view Sequoia's spectacular Great Western Divide. Ample free time allows for additional enjoyment of activities such as hiking, fishing or taking a nap under a majestic pine.

Tuition for this all-inclusive vacation is $895 and covers entrance to Sequoia National Park, accommodations at Wuksachi Lodge, professionally-prepared meals and VIP tours to points of interest. Proceeds will go toward supporting Nature Corps’ student volunteer program, making a portion of the tuition tax deductible. Nature Corps has also coordinated the opportunity for volunteers to camp in the park.

Since 1990 the Nature Corps has made significant contributions to the preservation of Sequoia National Park with the Corps’ volunteers providing over $1 million of donated labor on critical conservation projects. One of Nature Corps’ most important efforts has been to protect the world-renowned General Sherman Tree — the largest living organism on earth. Every year, one million people visit this remarkable sequoia resulting in substantial impact on its surrounding environs. Nature Corps has undertaken a massive restoration of the area and for its accomplishments received three “Take Pride in California” Awards and Travel & Leisure’s “Mark of Innovation” Award.

For more information about Nature Corps’ upcoming volunteer vacation in Sequoia National Park and future park projects, visit http://www.thenaturecorps.org/sequoia.html or call (800) 774-PARK.

For more information about Wuksachi Lodge, visit www.visitsequoia.com or call 866-449-4902.

About Wuksachi Lodge

Located in the heart of Sequoia National Park on the western slope of the Central Sierra, the 102-room Wuksachi Lodge features a panoramic mountain setting, full-service restaurant, cocktail lounge, retail shop, and 1,320 square feet of dedicated meeting space. Furnishings reflect an upscale, natural decor highlighting native granite rock, oak, cedar, and hickory woods as well as modern guest amenities such as Internet access. Wuksachi Lodge is operated by Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts, one of the nation’s leading hospitality management companies, under contract with the National Park Service.


About Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts

Delaware North Companies Parks & Resorts is an industry leader providing Stewardship and Hospitality in Special PlacesSM with hotel, retail, food service, recreation and transportation operations at historic and scenic properties in North America and Australia. The company operates Kennedy Space Center Visitor Complex and in Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Sequoia and Yosemite national parks, including The Ahwahnee and other Yosemite lodges; Tenaya Lodge at Yosemite & the Cottages at Tenaya Lodge; Harrison Hot Springs Resort & Spa in British Columbia; Niagara Falls State Park; The Lodge at Geneva-on-the-Lake in Ohio; Gideon Putnam Resort in Saratoga; Holiday Inn West Yellowstone, Gray Wolf Inn & Suites and Yellowstone Park Hotel. The company also owns and operates five luxury resorts in Australia: Lizard Island Resort, Heron Island Resort, Wilson Island Resort, Kings Canyon Resort and El Questro Homestead and Wilderness Park. To learn more about Delaware North Companies’ hospitality management expertise, visit www.experiencednc.com.

 

About Nature Corps

The Nature Corps is the oldest nonprofit organization whose sole objective is to engage volunteers in the stewardship of the National Parks. In partnership with the National Park Service, corporations and nonprofit organizations, The Nature Corps coordinates volunteer corps of corporate employees, professional, adult and student volunteers to design, plan and implement priority conservation projects that will preserve the National Parks for the enjoyment, education and inspiration of this and future generations. http://thenaturecorps.org/

 

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