Align with National Park Service Goals
The National Park Service at Grand Canyon National Park has a worthy mission to:
- Preserve and protect Grand Canyon’s unique geologic, paleontologic, and other natural and cultural features for the benefit and enjoyment of the visiting public.
Grand Canyon Whitewater aims to align with the NPS goal in every aspect of our business, from the office to the operations warehouse to the river environment. The Grand Canyon Whitewater office is nearly a paperless environment. With the switch to emailed information and correspondence with passengers, we have decreased paper waste substantially.
Grand Canyon Fund
The Grand Canyon Fund is a non-profit enterprise managed by a group of licensed river outfitters in Grand Canyon National Park, including Grand Canyon Whitewater. Nearly 80% of all commercial river passengers donate to the Grand Canyon Fund in the amount of a dollar per river trip day.
The donations from each river outfitter are pooled and distributed 100% to non-profit groups working towards conservation and providing access to outdoor experiences for those with physical and socioeconomic challenges.
Protect and Conserve
“Part of our daily commitment is to protect and conserve the resources. Was that concern evident/did you feel we educated others to do the same?”
Below are several typical passenger responses to this question answered on Grand Canyon Whitewater’s post-trip evaluation.
Absolutely, I was very pleased to see the boatmen’s attitudes about leaving nothing but footprints, excellent job. The day we got home we went to the store to get prints of our pictures. As we were walking in there was an empty water bottle thrown in the shrubs. My sister and I both reached for it at the same time! We laughed and quoted Troy, “If it doesn’t belong there, pick it up.”
Anita Smyth; Oak Harbor, WA
“The guides are to be commended for their emphasis on safety and preservation of the river environment, daily exhorting us to keep everything clean and pristine for those to come after us.”
Bill Haskamp; Rosemount, MN
“Strictly observed. Inspired me to carry more environmental practice at home.”
Mary Ann Olson; Capistrano Beach, California
Grand Canyon Whitewater is proud to be a partner of the Leave No Trace Center for Outdoor Ethics.