New for 2017

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New for 2017

Field Institute - New Classes for this year

With nearly five million visitors per year, Grand Canyon National Park attracts individuals with a wide variety of educational and recreational needs. GCFI strives to meet this demand with a diverse and evolving list of classes.

New destinations, new topics, new instructors—all designed to offer a greater variety of learning experiences for newcomers and to keep our many “groupies” stimulated. Here are a few of this year’s new offerings:

January 16-20 Hands-on Archaeology Backpack: Corridor Monitoring
Join NPS resource managers as they survey evidence of the canyon’s earliest inhabitants an intermediate backpacking journey to the heart of Grand Canyon. Prior archaeological surveying experience a plus. View Class Details

May 16-18 Birding on the Edge
Bryan Brown will share the fascinating story of the canyon’s winged wonders during a series of classroom lectures, rim walks, and short hikes. Registration open to current GCA members only. View Class Details

May 22-27 Rim-to-Rim Birding & Natural History Backpack
Come along as Bryan Brown shares this quintessential route across the Grand Canyon and its avian biology. Roaring Springs, Ribbon Falls, and Phantom Ranch are but a few of the highlights. Comparable backpacking experience required. View Class Details

September 23-27 North Rim Natural and Cultural History - a Trail Sampler
The lofty North Rim is home to a variety of hiking trails. This class will take advantage of each as Marjorie Woodruff shares the story of this remote and beautiful landscape and those that have called it home, from ancestral Puebloans to today’s park rangers. Complimentary camping available. View Class Details

October 2-7 Utah Flats, Phantom and Haunted Creeks Agave Survey
Agaves are among the signature plants of the Inner Canyon ecosystem. Join biologist Lisa Kearsley and botanist Wendy Hodgson on a service trip to count, assess the condition, and discuss the roles of these intriguing plants in the terrain above Bright Angel Campground including Utah Flats and Phantom & Haunted Creeks. This research is in collaboration with the Desert Botanical Garden of Phoenix and the Division of Science and Resource Management at Grand Canyon National Park. View Class Details

October 5-10 Women’s Rim-to-Rim Natural History Backpack
Come along as a GCAFI instructor shares this quintessential route across the Grand Canyon on this women's only trek. Roaring Springs, Ribbon Falls, and Phantom Ranch are but a few of the highlights. Comparable backpacking experience required. View Class Details

October 23-27 South Kaibab to Bright Angel Backpack - Lessons from 'Over the Edge'
Gripping accounts of fatal mishaps in the most famous of the World's Seven Natural Wonders during this corridor backpack. View Class Details

November 3-6 Take a Load Off: Mule-Assisted Camping (Fully Outfitted)
Let the mules do the “heavy lifting” as you enjoy a journey to the canyon’s depths with a GCAFI instructor. Includes mule duffel service, camping gear, and most meals. View Class Details

November 6-10 South Kaibab to Bright Angel Backpack (Fully Outfitted)
This beginner’s backpack led by a GCAFI instructor will spend two nights beside Bright Angel Creek, affording quality time on the canyon floor beside the mighty Colorado River. This backpack is perfect for sturdy hikers with limited backpacking experience. Includes backpacking gear and most meals. View Class Details