Alumni/Volunteers/Staff Service Project/Hiking Weekend
This will be our third annual special Service Project/Hiking Alumni Weekend This innovative weekend will be conducted at Best Friends Animal Sanctuary located near Kanab, UT. The nearest airports to Kanab are St. George, UT. = 1 ½ hour; Las Vegas, NV = 3 hours; or Salt Lake = 5 hours. Please consider the distance when making your travel plans.
No one will be allowed to attend that cannot produce proof of COVID vaccination and CDC recommended boosters or medical exemption.
Best Friends is a safe haven for approximately 1,600 homeless animals. At the Sanctuary, animals are loved and given what they need to live their best lives until they find their forever homes. For some, it is a place of recovering and healing and for others it is their home between homes. Best Friends is the largest no-kill animal sanctuary in the United States and is the home base for Best Friends Animal Society.
A variety of animals are sheltered at the Sanctuary in 7 Animal Areas:
Read more about the Best Friends Animal Society here
Three volunteer shifts will be scheduled at the Sanctuary, one each day for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday). Participants will work together as a group in several of our animal care areas, and the tasks will depend on the needs of the Sanctuary. Some project examples are deep cleaning in the animal care areas, assisting with socialization, trail maintenance, landscaping, weeding, or painting. Participants will have an opportunity for a second session caring for animals or moderate-level hike on Saturday afternoon. This Alumni Service Project/Hiking Program will officially end at 2:30 p.m. on Sunday, 4/21/24
Lodging will be provided at the Best Friends Roadhouse. Participants can add an additional night and leave on Monday if they choose – contact Chelsea Thebau at Best Friends Roadhouse (435-644-3400)
Activities Before and After the Service project Weekend
You may want to arrive in the area early or stay beyond the event. There are many other things to do and see in the area.
A visit to nearby Bryce Canyon and/or Zion National Parks might be enjoyable. Bryce Canyon is within 90 minutes and Zion is within 40 minutes drive time from Kanab.
A stunning view from both Bryce Canyon and Zion national Parks
For questions about this Service Project/Hiking Alumni Weekend please contact Jim Struve.
Registration is now open and will remain open until April 5th, 2024, or when spots are full. You have the option to pay the full amount of your registration now or a $100 “Save My Place” reservation now, with full payment due by September 30, 2023. You are encouraged to register soon as attendance is limited to twelve, and we expect high demand.
The full registration fee (including lodging, meals, and program fees) is $660 for a single person. If you have a spouse, family, member, or friend with whom you would like to share a room (1 or 2 queen beds), the fee will be $660 for the primary room registrant, plus $270 for the secondary registrant = $930 total. No discounts are available for this special event.
$150 deposit (per person) is to hold your spot(s). You will be billed for the balance this Fall with the full amount due by March 30, 2024.
Click here to see a video of our 2023 event.
Help Support Best Friends Animal Sanctuary
Additional donations for this event are welcomed - all such donations will be gifted from MenHealing to Best Friends.
If you need help navigating the registration process, please feel free to email our office coordinator Trisha..Cancellation Policy: Due to the limited number of spaces, please let us know immediately if you will be unable to attend so that we can allow a waiting list registrant to attend. Cancellations less than 30 days in advance will forfeit $150 deposit per person.