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North Rim, Grand Canyon National Park, AZ (Aug 13th - Aug 19th 2017)

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A powerful and inspiring landscape, the Grand Canyon overwhelms our senses through its immense size; 277 river miles long, up to 18 miles wide, and a mile deep. Located in northern Arizona and carved by the powerful Colorado River, the Grand Canyon is recognized primarily by its exposed geologic strata, layer upon layer, representing one of the most complete records of geological history that can be seen anywhere in the world. Although first afforded Federal protection in 1893 as a Forest Reserve and later as a National Monument, the Grand Canyon did not achieve National Park status until 1919, three years after the creation of the National Park Service. Today, the Grand Canyon is considered among the crown jewels of our National Park system, and one of the natural wonders of the world.

The North Rim of the Grand Canyon is remote and breathtaking. Because it is harder to get to and more secluded than the South Rim, the North Rim accounts for only 10% of all Grand Canyon visitors. The climate is significantly different as well as the North Rim is on average 1,300 feet higher than the South Rim.

"The wonders of the Grand Canyon cannot be adequately represented in symbols of speech, nor by speech itself. The resources of the graphic art are taxed beyond their powers in attempting to portray its features. Language and illustration combined must fail." - John Wesley Powell

For this service project, we will be assisting the Park's vegetation crew with needed vegetation management tasks on the North Rim. We will be preparing ground and planting native plants as part of the larger North Rim Lodge restoration project. In addition to planting, the project will include invasive plant removal, site restoration and maintenance, and seed collection. We will camp together in a group site at the North Rim Volunteer Campground. On our off day we will have a multitude of options like day hikes on the north rim or North Kaibab, hikes descending into the canyon on any number of the north rim trails, or attending ranger presentations.

Join us in 2017 as we celebrate our 20th anniversary by giving something back in Grand Canyon National Park.

This project is rated as a active project.

Check out more photos from our 2015 North Rim project in our gallery.


Aug 13th - Aug 19th 2017

Service Project

Assist NPS Vegetation Crew with native planting & invasive plant removal

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Free Days

Hike along the rim or into the Grand Canyon, explore the area, ranger interpretation presentations


Tent camping by cars at designated volunteer campground

Project Difficulty

Active : Bending, digging, lifting, altitude, carrying tools


Zig Sondelski
Steve Breitbach

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