I’d like to devote this installment in my bi-monthly column to thank all of the individuals that support Grand Canyon National Park and the region through volunteerism, at the ballot box, through philanthropic donations, and by sharing their passion, enthusiasm, and knowledge of the places we all hold dear.
In my capacity as the Director of the Grand Canyon Conservancy Field Institute, I am able to meet and collaborate with hundreds of enthusiasts and advocates for public lands each year. They hail from wide-ranging locations and professions.
It’s the best part of my job, and helps sustain my psyche, soul and spirit at times when it seems that forces are conspired against us. So give yourself a pat on the back ye champions of the natural world. It is well deserved.
For those of you looking for ways to get involved, here is a short list of nonprofit organizations that most likely share your values. I have proudly been involved with all of them in some fashion over my twenty-five years living and working in Grand Canyon National Park.
Their missions and activities may differ, but they are all definitely fighting for a common cause—the protection of our favorite chasm, and fostering stewardship for generations to come.
- Grand Canyon Conservancy www.grandcanyon.org
- Grand Canyon Trust www.grandcanyontrust.org
- Museum of Northern Arizona www.musnaz.org
- National Parks Conservation Association www.npca.org
- Grand Canyon River Guides www.gcrg.org
- Grand Canyon Youth www.gcyouth.org
- Whale Foundation www.whalefoundation.org
- NavajoYES—Youth Empowerment www.navajoyes.org