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.

Photo by Margeaux Bestard

We Inspire Curiosity


We believe learning is deeper and more impactful when youth have ownership in every aspect of a program – planning, implementation, and reflection. This 3-step process ensures authentic learning and more meaningful connections between the wilderness and home. To accomplish this, we work with your group to choose a theme and plan activities that match your goals. Youth plan and implement a community service project and group fundraiser before their program. Learning on program is student-led, while supported by group leaders and Grand Canyon Youth guides. We believe this investment in education, service, and fundraising sets Grand Canyon Youth apart in quality and participant experience.

Photo by Stephanie Jackson

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.

Photo by Ashley Moradipour

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 personal flotation devices (PFD), first aid supplies, and satellite phones. Our attention to detail and safety-mindedness ensure that our program creates a positive environment for outdoor learning.

Photo by Margeaux Bestard
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.

Photo by Margeaux Bestard
Values & Philosophy

We Inspire Curiosity


We believe learning is deeper and more impactful when youth have ownership in every aspect of a program – planning, implementation, and reflection. This 3-step process ensures authentic learning and more meaningful connections between the wilderness and home. To accomplish this, we work with your group to choose a theme and plan activities that match your goals. Youth plan and implement a community service project and group fundraiser before their program. Learning on program is student-led, while supported by group leaders and Grand Canyon Youth guides. We believe this investment in education, service, and fundraising sets Grand Canyon Youth apart in quality and participant experience.

Photo by Stephanie Jackson
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.

Photo by Ashley Moradipour
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 personal flotation devices (PFD), first aid supplies, and satellite phones. Our attention to detail and safety-mindedness ensure that our program creates a positive environment for outdoor learning.

Photo by Margeaux Bestard