The association provides financial support to Grand Canyon National Park. They publish canyon related books and fund exhibits, research, free publications, and naturalist programs. They provide support for the park's research library.
The association also funds, Conversations on the Edge, a lecture series that features specialists from Grand Canyon National Park's Division of Science and Resource Management speaking about the National Park Service's work to monitor, manage and preserve Grand Canyon's natural and cultural resources for present and future generations.
Lectures are presented in Glendale, Flagstaff and Prescott, Arizona. These lectures are being added to an online Video Archive.
The Grand Canyon Field Institute is also operated by the Association. The Field Institute offers a wide variety of courses including Geology, Natural and Human History, Archaeology, Botany, Backcountry Skills, and more! Classes for every skill level. Call (928) 638-2485 to get your free 2009 catalog.
History of Grand Canyon Association
When Grand Canyon National Park's Chief Naturalist Eddie McKee formed the Grand Canyon Natural History Association (GCNHA) in February 1932, he envisioned a small organization to support the educational and research efforts of the Park's Naturalist Division. The little seed planted by McKee 75 years ago has grown to serve the increasing number of visitors and assist with the increasing complexity of park operations.
Over the years, the association’s mission and methods have remained largely the same, although the scale has changed dramatically. Today's Grand Canyon Association (GCA) operates bookstores in the park (as well as one in the Kaibab Plateau Visitor Center in Jacob Lake, Arizona), works with the National Park Service to publish The Guide and many other free publications (some 1.8 million copies in 2006), publishes books and other materials about Grand Canyon National Park and the surrounding region, supports research in the park, and funds acquisitions for the park's research library. GCA also leads experiential learning trips into the park through the Grand Canyon Field Institute; sponsors lectures on Grand Canyon topics in Flagstaff, Prescott, and Glendale, Arizona; and serves some 9,000 members through our annual Members' Gathering at the South Rim each fall, our membership newsletter Canyon Views, and other special opportunities and offers.
Did You Know?
In Grand Canyon,one of the broad, sandy areas on the north bank of the Colorado River is Unkar Delta, composed of rock debris carried from the North Rim by Unkar Creek. Prehistoric Pueblo people occupied numerous sites on Unkar Delta and along Unkar Creek for about 350 years (A.D. 850 to A.D. 1200)