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Come get your feet wet!

Come feel the exhilaration of whitewater, hike through ancient canyons, play in waterfalls, move beyond your comfort zone, give back to your community, make new friends, and work as part of a team.

Grand Canyon Youth is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization based in Flagstaff, Arizona. Our mission is to give youth (ages 11–19) an experiential education along the rivers and canyons of the Southwest in an effort to promote personal growth, environmental awareness, community involvement, and teamwork among people of diverse backgrounds.

USGSWe are proud of our many partnerships. Our collaborative relationships with Grand Canyon National Park and United States Geological Survey are especially beneficial in helping us carry out our mission.

We believe in the power of youth. Our educational philosophy is to inspire curiosity in the individual, the community, and the natural world. Through our program, youth participate fully in every aspect of their experience, from paddling boats to setting up camp to presenting educational projects.

News & Upcoming Events

15th Annual River Runner Film Festival & Silent Auction Please join us November 1st from 5:00 pm- 10:00pm at the Coconino Center for the Arts for an evening of films, food and fun. All proceeds benefit Grand Canyon Youth programs. Visit the events page for all of the details!

A picture is worth a thousand words! We love sharing the stories of our programs. Check out some of the highlights in this slideshow! You can also follow us on Facebook, we regularly post fun photos and programmatic updates!

Come explore Grand Canyon! It is time to sign up for your summer adventures. Our 2014 program dates are available. Challenge yourself to try new things, explore new places and learn more about yourself and Grand Canyon! Sign up today!

Bring your group! Do you want to plan a trip for your group of young people? Dorothy Haymon, our Program Director, is here to help you get started. Email Dorothy today to plan your 2015 educational expedition!

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