Who Goes on GCY Expeditions?


Grand Canyon Youth is open to any young person age 10-19 years old from across the country with a desire to discover the educational power of the river. You don’t need to be athletic, outdoorsy, or outgoing to enjoy this experience;  you just need a sense of adventure and curiosity and a willingness to give back to your community and work as part of a team.

Qualities We Nurture



We believe in the power of youth as future stewards of our communities and wild places. Our educational philosophy is to inspire curiosity in the individual, the community, and the natural world.

Learn more about our educational philosophy!

What Sets GCY Apart


For the past 20 years, Grand Canyon Youth has connected thousands of young people to the rivers and canyons of the southwest.  Our alumni are scientists, teachers and guides for Grand Canyon Youth, sharing their love of the natural world with the next generation.

Safety is Our Top Priority


Our focus on safety starts well before the trip begins. Our guides have extensive wilderness first aid training and have undergone background checks. We provide all standard industry safety equipment such as lifejackets, first aid supplies and satellite phones. Our attention to detail and safety-mindedness ensure that our program creates a positive environment for outdoor learning.

Who We Serve

Who Goes on GCY Expeditions?


Grand Canyon Youth is open to any young person age 10-19 years old from across the country with a desire to discover the educational power of the river. You don’t need to be athletic, outdoorsy, or outgoing to enjoy this experience;  you just need a sense of adventure and curiosity and a willingness to give back to your community and work as part of a team.

Values & Philosophy

Qualities We Nurture



We believe in the power of youth as future stewards of our communities and wild places. Our educational philosophy is to inspire curiosity in the individual, the community, and the natural world.

Learn more about our educational philosophy!

Our Impact

What Sets GCY Apart


For the past 20 years, Grand Canyon Youth has connected thousands of young people to the rivers and canyons of the southwest.  Our alumni are scientists, teachers and guides for Grand Canyon Youth, sharing their love of the natural world with the next generation.

Safety

Safety is Our Top Priority


Our focus on safety starts well before the trip begins. Our guides have extensive wilderness first aid training and have undergone background checks. We provide all standard industry safety equipment such as lifejackets, first aid supplies and satellite phones. Our attention to detail and safety-mindedness ensure that our program creates a positive environment for outdoor learning.