What do parks represent for you?
Laurel: Trails and Parks represent my childhood. Growing up camping and hiking in many National Parks and the enjoyment I got out of those experiences, along with the lessons of respect and “leave no trace”, has really had a big impact on me. Whenever I visit a new park, the nostalgia for my childhood comes rushing back, and that’s echoed throughout my life.
What role do you think organizations like AZCC play, beyond just maintaining and conserving land?
Sergio: Working for AZCC teaches you discipline, community, and who you are as a person. I grew up as a city kid who loved going outside, which to me was the little park around the corner. My first night with this crew was the first time I ever went camping. I remember thinking to myself, “huh...so this is what the earth is like.”
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