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Grand Inspiration

Eleven students within Redwall Cavern jumping in silhouette against cliff and river background.

Students pose in silhouette within Redwall Cavern, along the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.

Photo courtesy Grand Canyon Youth

During the Grand Inspiration summer expedition, high school youth discover the beauty of Grand Canyon while rafting the Colorado River. Park rangers, outdoor guides, and professional artists lead participants in writing, drawing, painting, photographing, and exploring the wild landscapes of the canyon. Youth finish the trip on the South Rim to assemble an exhibit of their work.


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Programs typically last 12 days and take place in summer.
American Indian History and Culture, Art, Conservation, Ecology, Environment, Geography, Geology, Landscapes, Language Arts, Poetry, Recreation / Leisure / Tourism, Science and Technology, Visual Arts, Wilderness, Writing
Grand Canyon, Colorado River, summer camps, art, Photography, writing, teenagers, river rafting, hiking, science, community service, Conservation, outdoor recreation
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