Photography  by Jack Pennington

Hiking Guide Training Seminar - 2014

Photography  by Jack Pennington


8:25 a.m. - 9:20 a.m. Why am I so Misunderstood: Grand Canyon’s overlooked Supergroup. Presented by Wayne Ranney, M.S., geologist and author.
Resources - download presentation PDF
website - Wayne's Earth Science & Travel Blog
Mnemonic - winners

9:25 a.m. - 10:15 a.m. The Redwall Limestone, Inside and Out: The fascinating history and character of the Canyon’s greatest hiking impediment. Presented by Brian Gootee M.S., Research Geologist, The Arizona Geological Survey.
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10:25 a.m. - 11:15 a.m. Raptors at the Grand Canyon: Practical skills to identify these fascinating creatures in flight. Presented by Nikki Wayment, HawkWatch International.
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website -
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video - Raven being eaten by Hawk, Community Building, GCNP

11:20 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Finding Focus: The History of art and inspiration through the eyes of late 19th and early 20th century painters and photographers. Presented by Larry Lindahl, photographer, artist, and writer.
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12:45 p.m. - 1:15 p.m. Philanthropy at Work: Supporting Grand Canyon during a time of a shrinking federal budget. Phil Payne, Philanthropy Coordinator, Grand Canyon Conservancy will highlight the ways donations help Grand Canyon and how guides and their clients can Be A Part of Something GRAND!
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1:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Science and Resource Management: A Game of Jeopardy Demonstrate your knowledge of Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural resources during this lively game show session. You might win a prize too! Staff from GCNP’s wildlife, vegetation, cultural, earth sciences, dark skies, and museum collection will be asking the questions.
Resources - download game
Archaeological Site Visitation Policy and LNT Guidelines
Grand Canyon Wildlife Census program - view

3:10 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There’s Something Fishy Happening at Grand Canyon: Weirs, e-fishing, native fish, and more. Presented by Emily Omana, GCNP Fish Biologist.
Resources - download presentation PDF
NPS Nature & Science website view

4:10 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Bats of Grand Canyon: Their biology, species diversity, habitat, myths, field ID, and canyon-specific resource management initiatives. Presented by Jason Corbett of Bat Conservation International and Janice Stroud-Settles, GCNP Wildlife Biologist.

8:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Tribal Discussion/Panel: Diversity enriches the naturalist guide in so many ways. To this end, join representatives from Grand Canyon’s neighboring tribes as they share their histories, connections, traditional perspectives and concerns about the Grand Canyon. Designed to provide guides with information they can share with their clients, this session will include plenty of time for Q & A. To maximize the time allocated to this slot, please formulate your questions ahead of time. There is challenge for 2014 too; enriching and diversifying your Guiding Company staff rolls. How can the tribal panelists assist with the recruiting and retaining of native guides? Led by Lyle Balenquah with support from Jan Balsom and Mariah Cisse from Grand Canyon National Park
Resources -
Native Voices YouTube channel view
Little Colorado River Tribal Parks - view

Official Tribal Websites -
~ Havasupai Tribe view
~ Hopi Tribe view
~ Hualapai Tribe view
~ Kaibab Pauite Tribe view
~ Navajo Nation Tribal Parks view
~ Yavapai-Apache Nation view
~ Zuni Tribe view

10:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Spinning a Great Yarn: The art of telling an entertaining, compelling, and provoking story. Presented by Ron Brown, NPS Interp Ranger.

11:10 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Hopi Perspectives of the Canyon: Connections, stories, and history of the Hopi People and the Grand Canyon Landscape. Presented by Lyle Balenquah, Hopi consultant, educator, and former NPS Archaeologist.
Cultural Landscapes - view presentation
Resources - view
Ancestral Connections - view
Rock Art of the Grand Canyon: Current research. Presented by Jerry Dickey, author and archaeological researcher.

1:00 p.m. - 1:45 p.m. Down the Gorge with Uncle George. A lively story delving into George Steck’s exploration of the Grand Canyon backcountry told by Dr. Tom Myers M.D., physician, author, historian and guide.
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1:55 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. Hyponatremia: Drink to thirst not excess. Dr Tom Myers and GCNP’s Emily Pearce will present the latest research findings.
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2:35 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. Kids, they’re not just little adults: Tips, tricks, and games to engage younger audiences. Presented by Graci Avila, Environmental Education, GCNP.
Resources - download zip file

3:30 p.m. - 4:45 p.m. Specific updates for the 2014 season: Rec Planning, Law Enforcement, Concessions, PSAR and Backcountry Information Office will bring you all the updates you will need to be ready for the 2014 season.


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Other Educational Resources:

Climate Change in National Parks - view
Grand Canyon Conservancy YouTube channel - view
All Things Botanical at GCNP - view
NPS Planning/EIS/Public Comment Info for GCNP - view