Grand Gathering

June 9-11, 2023
The annual Grand Gathering is a GCC Members-only event that provides updates on priority projects GCC supports at Grand Canyon National Park. This event is an opportunity to strengthen your connections with the canyon, National Park enthusiasts, and the people who work hard to keep the canyon grand.
This action-packed weekend is our way of thanking you for your support of Grand Canyon.

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Event Overview

Grand Gathering will take place at the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park. Attendees will have a chance to talk with National Park Service and Grand Canyon Conservancy leaders, hear about current initiatives, and learn about efforts to safeguard the future of Grand Canyon National Park.

This year, the event coincides with the opening weekend of the popular Grand Canyon Star Party, so you can participate in Grand Gathering events during the day and join amateur astronomers at night to take in the stunning views of the dark skies over Grand Canyon.

Registration is required for participation, and tickets are $100 per person.

If you have any questions or need assistance with your registration, please contact (800) 858-2808 or email Once your registration is complete, additional information regarding lodging and on-site activities will be shared.

Please note that this is a Members' only event. If you are not a current Grand Canyon Conservancy member, please join or renew now.

Here is a brief overview of what we have planned for the weekend:  

Friday, June 9 

12:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m Optional Hikes with Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute 

4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m. Welcome Reception and Dinner - Shrine of the Ages

6:00 p.m. 7:30 p.m From the Canyon to the Moon: Astronaut Training at the Grand Canyon - Kevin Schindler, Astronomer in Residence 

Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR): How Grand Canyon is Leading the Way - Meghan Smith, Grand Canyon PSAR Coordinator

Saturday, June 10 

8:00 a.m. – 8:45 a.m. Light Breakfast and Coffee  - Shrine of the Ages

8:45 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning Welcome 

9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Elevating Indigenous Voices featuring Octavius Seowtewa, Zuni 

12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m. Lunch 

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m. Q&A with Grand Canyon Superintendent Ed Keable 

2:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.  An Immersive and Interactive Look at the Colorado River featuring Geologic Educator Wayne Ranney and NPS Staff 

8:00 p.m. Star Party Opening Night Events - Visitor Center Plaza

Sunday, June 11 

 7:30 a.m. – 8:15 a.m. Light Breakfast and Closing Event - Kolb Studio

8:15 a.m. – 8:30 a.m. 10 Years of Milestones: From Bright Angel Trailhead Restoration to the Renaming of Havasupai Gardens - Bright Angel Trailhead

8:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m. Optional Open House - Kolb Studio and Residence 

Note: Activities and presenters are subject to change.

View photos from previous Grand Gatherings

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