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Parker heads to Tucson park

  • Veronica Parker —Courtesy of Jodi Parker



Monadnock Ledger-Transcript
Thursday, July 07, 2016

Veronica Parker is happy to get out of the house with a chance to truly make an impact.

The ConVal student has been selected to join the Student Conservation Association in Tucson, Arizona, this summer to help improve the region’s iconic national parks.

“I’m pretty excited to go and to be in all those places,” she said.

Parker, 16, of Peterborough, is going to be working in Tucson National Park and Saguaro National Park, where she will fulfill various service roles.

She’s most looking forward to serving in Saguaro, more forested than the otherwise desert-laden Arizona landscape, and going places that have never been touched by people before.

She said the group will move every day, hiking five to six miles to mark and build new trails.

In Tucson National Park, she will help build a bridge.

Park applied to go to Alaska, but was honored instead to be chosen for Arizona because she says the whole program is rather exclusive.

Other than being proud of the service she will provide, Parker is looking forward to meeting new people and constantly doing different things.

This is as opposed to other summers staying at home, which she says can get boring.

“It’s my passion to be outside and saving things and making a difference,” she said.

Her trip will last from July 25 to August 21.