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

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, who want to share 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.

grand canyon youth buckling up personal floatation device why
Photo by Jordan Robinson

COVID-19 Response

At GCY, we are continuing to closely monitor and respond to changing guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 2022 season COVID-19 mitigation strategies are in place to help reduce any potential transmission of COVID-19 on GCY expeditions.”

COVID-19 FAQs

2022 COVID Update: Read More

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
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, who want to share 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.

grand canyon youth buckling up personal floatation device why
Photo by Jordan Robinson

COVID-19 Response

At GCY, we are continuing to closely monitor and respond to changing guidelines in regard to the COVID-19 pandemic. Our 2022 season COVID-19 mitigation strategies are in place to help reduce any potential transmission of COVID-19 on GCY expeditions.”

COVID-19 FAQs

2022 COVID Update: Read More