Canyon Field Schools
High school youth explore Grand Canyon’s rim and the Colorado River
Educational hikes and backpacking trips for the public
Middle school participants capture Grand Canyon in photos
High school participants discover their creativity on the Colorado...
Grand Canyon Field Institute (GCFI) offers a selection of exciting educational programs in Grand Canyon National Park. GCFI’s expert educators lead day hikes, rim-based learning adventures, and overnight backpacking treks that cover a range of wilderness, science, and history topics. Programs are appropriate for a variety of ages, fitness levels, and group sizes. GCFI is the educational arm of Grand Canyon Association, the official partner of Grand Canyon National Park.
During the Grand Canyon in Focus summer program, park rangers and Udall Foundation's Parks in Focus scholars guide Boys & Girls Club members on the hiking and photography adventure of a lifetime. Club members in grades 6 through 8 learn the fundamentals of nature photography while exploring one of the most unique landforms on Earth. This program is offered by Grand Canyon National Park and the Morris K. Udall Foundation (Udall Foundation).
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.
The Rim to River summer expedition guides high school youth on an unforgettable journey from the rim of Grand Canyon to the Colorado River. Led by park rangers and local experts, youth ride the raging rapids of the river, hike scenic trails, dig into conservation field work, and discover the canyon’s intriguing human history.