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Hiking Guide Training Seminar

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Trip Type: Training and Certification Courses

Hike Level: Easy

Date: February 15-16, 2019 (1 Days)

Group Size: 150

Price: $20 for members, $20 for nonmembers


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Join the Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute for an educationally-rich and fun-filled Hiking Guide Training Seminar. This program is specifically designed for organizations and individuals conducting commercial and non-commercial hikes and backpacks in Grand Canyon National Park.

The seminar is the perfect opportunity to hone your guide-craft, learn more about Grand Canyon’s natural and cultural resources, and network at the same time! 2019 will be our seventeenth year presenting the Guide Training Seminar, and once again is packed with fresh content that is sure to pique your interest.

With lots of other Centennial activities in 2019, we decided to mix-up the GTS for 2019: one day inside full of great talks; and the second day outside, on  the trail.

Program Highlights

The Hiking Guide Training Seminar is presented by Grand Canyon Conservancy, the official nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park. Provided at the request of the National Park Service, this seminar is designed to maximize personal and organizational effectiveness, enhance the educational experience of your hiking clients, and protect the fragile natural and cultural resources of the park.  

We inspire people to protect and enhance Grand Canyon National Park for present and future generations.

Agenda - final

7:30 a.m.
Doors Open

8:00 a.m. – 8:05 a.m.
Havasupai Prayer given by Coleen Kaska

8:05 a.m. – 8:30 a.m.
Welcome Address by Grand Canyon National Park Senior Leadership and Susan Schroeder, Grand Canyon Conservancy Chief Executive Officer

8:35 a.m. – 9:15 a.m.
"Grandview Toll Trail, one of many at Grand Canyon
,” with Mike Anderson, Ph.D., ASU

9:15 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
“The Uplifting Story of the Colorado Plateau” with Wayne Ranney, MS

10:00 a.m. – 10:15a.m.

10:15 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
“Commemorating our Indigenous presence and sharing our true history of the entire Grand Canyon region” with the Inter-tribal Centennial Conversations Group and Grand Canyon Trust

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Break for Lunch & Networking

1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Science & Resource Management Project Status:

Bison on the North Rim: Updates from the first few months of the reduction project, with Miranda Terwillger
Condors: They’ve Been Busy, with Cody Lane
Shh ….. We’re Capturing Grand Canyon’s Soundscape, with Hannah Chambless and Maggie Holahan
Grand Canyon Karst: Wonders Below our Feet, with Natalie Jones and Stefan Christie

3:00 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

3:15 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
Mapping Grand Canyon: Over 150 Years of Cartographic History,” with Matthew Toro, Director of Maps, Imagery, Geospatial Services at the ASU Library
Watch on Vimeo -   Password: GTS

3:50 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Hold On Tight, it’s going to be a busy year: Centennial Updates,” with Vanessa Ceja-Cervantes, NPS

4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m.
It’s Getting Hot in Here: Climate Science & Forest Ecology on the Plateau,” by Peter Fule, Ph.D., NAU
Watch on Vimeo -   Password: GTS

4:45 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Closing Comments & Discussion

5:45 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.
An informal evening mixer at Yavapai Lodge atrium sponsored by Delaware North Companies. Snacks and libations will be provided for GTS attendees. It’s a perfect venue to catch up with old friends and make new ones.


8 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.                         

Option 1
Grand Canyon’s Trail of Time: The Insider’s Scoop with Professors Karl Karlstrom and Laurie Crossey
The latest rock ages, unveiling of "The Grand Canyon Trail of Time Companion", using the ToT effectively, and all the ‘cool’ insights only the creators can provide.

Meet: 8 a.m. at Yavapai Geology Museum. Ends at Verkamps Visitor Center.
How to get there: Kaibab Rim Route/Orange Shuttle Bus to Yavapai Geology Museum.
What you need to bring: hiking clothing & gear for the forecast conditions, snack, and water.

Option 2
Bringing the Trail Alive: South Kaibab to Trail to Cedar Ridge
Looking to spice-up your hikes on the Kaibab? Never seen the sponge fossils? Passed the Coconino cross-beds by? Oblivious to the reptile trackways? Join an Interpreter during a stop-filled interpretive training hike to Cedar Ridge.

Meet: 8 a.m. at South Kaibab Trailhead
How to get there: Orange/Kaibab Route Shuttle Bus from Grand Canyon Visitor Center, or Hiker Express Shuttle from the Backcountry Information Office.
What you need to bring: hiking clothing & gear for the forecast conditions, snack, and water.


1 p.m. – 5 p.m.

Hike to Santa Maria Springs with an LNT Trainers’ special on the trail.
The Subaru/Leave No Trace Traveling Trainers, Erin Collier & Brice Esplin, will lead this fun and illuminating "social/mixing/get to know your fellow guides" hike on the Hermit Trail. 4.4 miles round-trip.

Meet: 1 p.m. at Hermit Trailhead
How to get there: drive the Hermit Road from GC Village; approx. 20 mins.
What you need to bring: hiking clothing & gear for the forecast conditions, snack, and water.

What's Included

Price for the event includes:

  • Two days packed with practical information on the preservation, interpretation, and management of Grand Canyon National Park by NPS resource managers, Rangers, visiting researchers, and Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute instructors.
  • Mixer at Yavapai Lodge on Friday.
  • Camping at Mather Campground (use the Campground Form in the Additional Notes section).

What's not included

You are responsible for:

  • Transportation to and from the canyon
  • Hotel lodging in the park
  • Meals

Additional notes

Camping Instructions - view

Directions to The Shrine - Google Map

Get started

Sign-up online

Or call (866) 471-4435
Monday-Friday, 8 AM to 5 PM Arizona MST

Centennial Activities:

Grand Canyon Historical Society Symposium - February 20-23, 2019 view

Grand Canyon National Park Community Event - February 22, 2019 view

Grand Canyon National Park 100th Birthday - February 26, 2019 view

Mapping Grand Canyon - ASU Campus - February 28-March 1, 2019 view

Earth Day - April 20, 2019 view

Geoscience Symposium - S Rim April 21-23, 2019

Land and Sky in the Cultural Sciences of the Greater Southwest - Flagstaff April 24-28 view

Grand Canyon Star Party - June 22-29, 2019 view

Native American Heritage Days
North Rim - August 8-9, 2019 view
South Rim - November 9-10, 2019 view

Grab The Entire Calendar at our Centennial Page


2018 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view
2017 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view
2016 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view
2015 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view
2014 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view
2013 Hiking Guide Training Seminar archive - view

Other Educational Resources:

Climate Change Media Resources - view
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
Eppley Institute & NAI. No cost online classes - view
Grand Canyon River GTS - view