Partners in Science
Experience Grand Canyon like few people get to! These expeditions bring together youth from across the world to travel the Colorado River, raft legendary whitewater, and explore the hidden world beneath the rim. Off the river, you will hike to ancient Puebloan archaeological sites, trek up side canyons, discover hidden springs and waterfalls, and sleep under the stars. Partners in Science expeditions are some of the only dedicated educational youth access to the Colorado River in Grand Canyon.
These expeditions were developed in collaboration with the Grand Canyon Monitoring and Research Center (GCMRC), whose goals are “to develop monitoring and research programs, and related scientific activities, that evaluate short and long-term impacts of the Glen Canyon Dam on the biological, cultural, and physical resources of the Colorado River Ecosystem.” This is not just a rafting trip, but a chance to learn from, be mentored by, and collect citizen-science data with real, working scientists! These projects are a great way to learn firsthand the complexities of protecting and managing a place like the Grand Canyon.
Choose between the Full, Upper, or Lower sections of Grand Canyon. These expeditions are truly one of a kind, and offer unique ways to learn about and understand this incredible place! Check out the options below.
In service to our mission and values, GCY would like to acknowledge that this expedition visits the ancestral homelands of the Nuciu (Ute), Pueblos, Diné (Navajo), Hopitutskwa (Hopi), Nuwuvi (Southern Paiute), Havasu Baaja (Havasupai), Kvav-Kapai (Hualapai), Pipa Aha Macav (Mojave), and Nuwuwu (Chemehuevi) peoples, past and present. We recognize with gratitude the people who have stewarded these lands since time immemorial and the vibrant Native communities who make their home here today.