It’s a gift when a natural wonder leaves you speechless and wondering even more!

On this edition of Saturday’s Around the World, we’re bringing your attention to the gorgeous rocky landscape of Arizona, and deep into the rushing waters of the canyon that we’ve dubbed as grand.

More so, we’re going to aim our focus on what runs through the Grand Canyon: the Colorado River. It acts as a home to the thousands of species residing in its waters, all while supplying water to about 40 million people who live in neighboring states!

This makes me wonder, how well do we know where our water comes from? And, do we really know what our water usage is affecting?

Grand Canyon Youth is a program that gets kids (10-19) outside and into their environment in order to help them better understand how they play an integral part in nature. They learn how other species are surviving in the waters that we use to brush our teeth, and through this, they get a positive, hands-on exposure to science!

How does this really influence students’ lives? To discover this, let’s watch this wonderful video brought to us through National Geographic that follows a young woman and her experience with the program!

This seems so fun!

In my own childhood, I was lucky enough to grow up in a place where the majority of the school field trips had me going to riverbeds, making me think about all of the life inside of them and how they interact with myself. (Though they didn’t add in river rafting, which really would’ve really turned the trips up a notch.)

Did you have any programs like this growing up? Do you think your community would benefit from them?

It seems we’ve mastered developing ways to attempt control the influences that nature can have on our lives, but we seem to forget that we’re actually a part of its beautiful cycle. We weren’t created to rule the world, but simply to be a small part.

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As is the case, it’s often the smallest things that change our lives the most. Along the same lines as the tiniest bug in the water provides food for the fish, and the fish are food for bears (and ourselves), a simple smile or comment may have a way of changing someone’s entire day! Everything is connected; everything shapes you.

It’s these small chains of effect that make our world so great!

Just as you don’t know what’s around the river-bend, there’s no way to know what’ll happen next in your life.

Stay open!


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  1. “At 17 Million Years Old, Grand Canyon Still Has Lessons to Teach | Short Film Showcase.”YouTube. National Geographic, 04 Sept. 2016. Web. 07 June 2017. <>.

Sam has written and edited hundreds of articles since joining the EWC team in 2016. She writes about topics from the wonders of nature to the organizations changing the world and the simple joys in life! Outside of the EWC office, she’s a part-time printmaker, collector of knick-knacks, and taster of cheeses.