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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Arts & Culture, Environment, Environmental Education, Natural Resources Conservation & Protection

Mission: The mission of the Grand Canyon Association is to help preserve and protect Grand Canyon National Park by cultivating support through education and understanding of the park. Founded in 1932, the Grand Canyon Association is the National Park Service’s official nonprofit partner raising private funds to benefit Grand Canyon National Park, operating retail shops and visitor centers within the park, and providing premier educational opportunities about the natural and cultural history of the region.

Target demographics: Grand Canyon National Park

Geographic areas served: Grand Canyon

Programs: Aid to national park service key projects funded in 2014 include: grand canyon association funded an on-going program that helps nurture lifelong connections between school children and grand canyon national park by bringing children to the park on field trips and also sends a traveling ranger to schools throughout the southwest. Funding pays for travel, materials and teacher workshops. This critical educational outreach creates future stewards for grand canyon and other national parks. Nearly 400 bird species call grand canyon home. All of these birds, inlcuding the endangered california condor and the threatened mexican spotted owl, require assistance to ensure their native habitat remains a place of refuge. Funding will provide for expanded monitoring of the mexican spotted owl, tracking endangered california condors and hosting the hawkwatch international annual raptor migration study. Indian garden is a restful oasis to all who hike along the bright angel trail. The majority of picnic tables at indian garden had deteriorated into splintering safety hazards and were in need of replacement. In 2014, gca raised funds to replace and ship 33 heavy galvanized steel picnic tables to indian garden, restoring comfort to hikers who visit this beautiful gem in the canyon. Grand canyon's diverse plant population can be found in the folds of thousands of meandering side canyons, along the mighty colorado river, at the edges of seeps and springs, and on the rims of the canyon. Gca raised funds to create a demonstration garden located just north of the el tovar hotel along the rim. This garden will allow visitors to explore and learn about the grand canyon's diverse vegetation population. Gca supports grand canyon's junior ranger program. More than 60,000 new junior rangers earned their badges at grand canyon national park in 2014. In 2014, gca funded a team of archaeologists and staff to work to mitigate the adverse affects of erosion and heavy visitor traffic at the whitemore rock art panel. The sacred rock art site and a prehistoric midden (an area of accumulated domestic waste like corncobs and pot shards) were protected from harms way. This long term preservation work was in accordance with the national historic preservation act in partnership with the pueblo of zuni. Gca piloted three, week-long volunteer programs for members to help give back to the park. This program resulted in over 336 hours valued at 22,000 in labor. Kolb studio, located on the very edge of the canyon, was the home and business of grand canyon pioneers emery and ellsworth kolb. Gca funded a restoration project that will continue to preserve the 100 year old historic building and allow it to remain open for the public to enjoy. Hikers from all over the world come to enjoy grand canyon's renowned trails. Gca funded restoration of trails that were damaged due to foot and mule traffic and erosion. In 2014, gca specifically raised funds to restore the clear creek trail. Gca's polk fellowship endowment fund creates fellowships that immerse students in grand canyon science. The three fellowships focus on archaeology, vegetation, and wildlife research at grand canyon national park. Gca presented the 6th annual celebration of art at grand canyon. This event included a plein air art competition, an auction and an exhibition of art in the gallery at kolb studio. This annual event raises funds toward the eventual creation of a permanent art venue at grand canyon. Membership is a key component of gca's efforts to create a steady base of support for grand canyon national park. In 2014, gca's membership grew to over 13,000 members.

aid to usda forest service. Grand canyon association operates a bookstore in the kaibab national forest at jacob lake, az. Our programs there enhance the understanding of the kaibab national forest and surrounding area and provide support to the interpretive activities of the us forest service.

the grand canyon association (gca) is grand canyon national park's official nonprofit partner raising private funds to benefit the park and providing programs to enhance the understanding of historical, scientific, interpretive and other attributes of grand canyon national park including sales of published books and other interpretive goods, instructional classes and guided tours. Grand canyon association operates seven bookstores within grand canyon national park and, one bookstore in the kaibab national forest at jacob lake and a web store. Grand canyon association, its members, donors, and friends help the park service support nearly five million visitors to the park annually. The services gca provides include diseminating park information, providing educational programs and publications, funding improvements, restoring historic buildings, supporting sustainable practices, improving trails and trail safety, funding search and rescue efforts, and providing funds for scientific research. The grand canyon field institute continues to inspire people through expert-led in depth learning adventures at grand canyon. The field institute conducted more than 284 classes providing 37,641 educational hours for over 2,606 participants. Gca's travelin' trunk and video loan program provides outreach educational materials for k-12 educators and children which reached nearly 5,000 students in 2014. Gca creates award winning books and merchandise featuring grand canyon and the colorado plateau. Gca published the third edition of grand canyon women by betty levengood in 2014 adding the lives of three new women and significant rewrites and updates to older chapters from the 2004 edition.

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Bob_52

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been a member of the Grand Canyon Association for several years. The activities organized by the staff are always first rate. There is always an effort to make everyone feel comfortable in the activity. It is always good to see improvements at the park sponsered by GCA, as all details are taken into account. The relationship between the staff and the National Park Service appears to be excellent as well. The Member's Gathering held once a year should be experienced by all members.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Visiting Grand Canyon National Park over the last 21 years I have seen the omnipresence of Grand Canyon Association (GCA) without looking for it. The casual or first time visitor may not even know how many bookstores the association maintains to distribute local knowledge, or know who it was that promoted the water bottle refill stations or assisted in all aspects of the new Bright Angel trailhead. Having been a raft trip through their field institute I learned first hand of the earnestness of all their instructors in preserving this great wonder of the natural world.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the good fortune of attending a South Rim Workshop sponsored by the Association. It was exceptionally well conceived, organized and executed! But what I really want to share is what a wonderful, intimate and engaging experience they provide. What a wonderful way to be introduced to the Grand Canyon. I enthusiastically offer them my highest praise.

Cathy66

Client Served

Rating: 5

When I was in my late fifties I visited the Grand Canyon for the first time and did a day hike down the South Kaibab Trail. After that I was hooked on the canyon, and day-dreamed about hiking to the bottom and actually seeing the Vishnu Schist. I had never been a hiker, and had never done any back-packing. Through Grand Canyon Field Institute classes/guided trips such as "Take a Load Off: Mule-Assisted Backpack," and "Introductory Backpack" I figured it out. I have now done six classes with them, including two five-day Rim-to-Rim backpacking trips. Now at age 66 I'm in the process of choosing which adventure I want to join in 2014.

AnneGay F.

Donor

Rating: 5

Even though I live in Washington State I love all the pictures that you post. I can visit my favorite park vicariously thru them. I hope to come and take one of your classes some day.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Visiting the Grand Canyon Association Bookstores is something I always looked forward to whether at the South or the North Rim. One of my favorite areas in the bookstore is the children’s section. On each visit, I have chosen books for our grandchildren to expose them to the wonders of the Grand Canyon in anticipation of their next visit to Arizona. We have already joined the Adopt-a-Lion Program, explaining to our grandchildren how this will help protect the Mountain Lion, the park’s largest predator.

Every purchase at one of the on-site Grand Canyon Association Bookstores or on the online bookstore www.grandcanyon.org helps support our national treasure, the Grand Canyon National Park.
Rosemarie Warren

Review from Guidestar

1 Carole M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The mule-assisted trek to the Colorado River and back to the South Rim was nearly perfect thanks to the Grand Canyon Association's professionalism. I was 64 when I made the hike and half the group was older than me.

Let these folks provide a perfect holiday for you too.

Review from Guidestar

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I've been a member of the Grand Canyon Association for a number of years. They do great work ranging from raising funds for park improvements to offering a very diverse mix of educational programming...and so much more... Their communication with the general membership is outstanding (frequent e-newsletters, etc.). Not living anywhere near the Grand Canyon, I can say with certainty that being a member of the GCA is the next best thing to being there. Last year I attended their annual Members' Weekend at the Canyon. It was a great weekend of seminars and fellowship with other supporters/advocates of Grand Canyon National Park.

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The South Rim, the North Rim, the River, the Plateau, the Community, the Country, the World...Grand Canyon Association has successfully and proudly stood as the nonprofit arm of the Grand Canyon National Park for almost 80 years. At the end of the day, every visitor to this Crown Jewel of a Park, somehow, someway benefits from the excellent work this organization does in partnership with the National Park Service!
We invite everyone who loves the Grand Canyon National Park to join us in our mission to Inspire, Educate and Protect! BE A PART OF SOMETHING GRAND!!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

The support provided to the Grand Canyon National Park by the Grand Canyon Association has enhanced both the preservation of this world wonder and provided information and education for the millions of visitors that have ventured to wonder in awe at naure's ever evolving creation. This non-profit organization works tirelessly to educate the public, including school children through it's Travellin' Trunk progarm, public free lecture series, the promotion of artist's impressions of the Canyon in the annual Celebration of Art, an expanding membership program, numerous educational publications available at GCA bookstores, support of NPS science and research programs and creating a new awareness that this national treasure needs the financial assistance from individual and corporate donations as federal funding is reduced. I am proud of the work we do and humbled to be a member of the Grand Canyon Association.

Review from Guidestar