Grand Canyon NPS

New Name, Same Mission

Grand Canyon NPS

Grand Canyon Association is now Grand Canyon Conservancy

On November 1, 2018, we transitioned to a new name, Grand Canyon Conservancy. The name Grand Canyon Association served us well when we were primarily focused on retail. As we have grown how we support Grand Canyon National Park, the word Association is limited and no longer represents our partnership with them.

Grand Canyon Conservancy better communicates who we are, what we do, and how we serve. Some synonyms for conservancy are preserving, managing, and protecting. . . exactly what we do with your help! As the park’s nonprofit partner, we provide funding for the preservation of trails and historic buildings, managing educational programs and retail stores, and protecting cultural resources and wildlife along with their natural habitat. 




Grand Canyon Association Changes Name to

Grand Canyon Conservancy

GRAND CANYON, ARIZ.—Grand Canyon Association, the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park, has a new name—Grand Canyon Conservancy.

“The name Grand Canyon Conservancy is more closely aligned with our mission to inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations,” said Susan Schroeder, Grand Canyon Conservancy CEO. “Our goal to inspire, educate, and protect remains the same, as does our commitment to the park and our supporters.”

The name change coincides with the beginning of Grand Canyon National Park’s Centennial celebrations, which will take place throughout 2019.

As the park’s official nonprofit partner, Grand Canyon Conservancy raises private funds, operates retail shops within the park, and provides premier guided educational programs about the natural and cultural history of the region.

“Grand Canyon Conservancy looks forward to the next 100 years, working hand-in-hand with the park under our new name, preserving and protecting this canyon we love so much,” said Schroeder.

Our History

Grand Canyon Conservancy Founder, Eddie McKee.

Photo courtesy Grand Canyon NPS, 1934.

Grand Canyon Conservancy was founded in 1932 as the Grand Canyon Natural History Association by naturalist Edwin “Eddie” McKee. A ranger working on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park, McKee saw the need for a park partner that would support interpretive programs and publications about the canyon, and from its beginnings the natural history association did just that, funding interpretive talks, research, and scientific papers.

In October 1994, Grand Canyon Natural History Association changed its name to Grand Canyon Association, emphasizing an expanding list of services outside the realm of “natural history.”

Today, Grand Canyon Conservancy still serves its founding mission—and much more. Membership, book publishing, educational programming, a field institute, and philanthropy programs were added over the years. Each year, Grand Canyon Conservancy provides millions of dollars and countless service hours to support the priorities of Grand Canyon National Park.

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