“The pitcher cries for water to carry and a person for work that is real.”
—Marge Piercy

What We Do     FIND A TRIP

We restore wildlife habitat and wetlands; close roads to protect wild landscapes; return beaver to their historic range and restore watersheds; collect data to improve grazing practices and help prevent the spread of invasive species.  We partner with Native American communities to plant and harvest traditional crops, maintain ancient running trails, and install solar electricity for local residents. We offer unique citizen science training programs that equip the public to be more knowledgeable stewards. We get young people outside—igniting their passion and equipping them with skills to be the next generation of conservation leaders.


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Empowering new leaders

By inspiring and teaching young people, we are directly influencing our future leaders who will inherit all of today’s environmental challenges. Learn More ›

It is Never too Late to be a Scientist!

Our citizen science projects and training programs directly connect people to the Colorado Plateau, while inspiring and educating them. The result of our work helps incorporate climate change adaptation into land management planning. Learn More ›

Mobilizing People for Conservation

We give the public opportunities to amplify their voice in our most important campaigns, from addressing the uranium legacy in the Grand Canyon to protecting Greater Canyonlands from inappropriate energy development. We bring people power at multiple levels to advocate for the land, species, water, and cultures of the Colorado Plateau. Learn More ›

  • Sue Smith teaches new volunteers how to identify grasses.
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  • Rachel Esbjornson is a Badass Botanist and Americorp intern.
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  • Volunteering with the Trust is a great way to make new friends.
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  • Ponderosa High School students love getting outside.
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  • Denise has been volunteering with the Trust for over 10 years.
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  • Volunteering takes you to many off-the-map places.
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  • Ken is a retired teacher and now a seasoned volunteer.
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Join our Volunteer Community

When you volunteer with the Grand Canyon Trust you also join a big family of people who are energetic, fun, committed, smart, creative and extremely dedicated to the Colorado Plateau. Learn more about the volunteers who are the heart and soul of the Trust on our volunteer community page.

Volunteers are Essential

As a volunteer, you make it possible for the Trust to realize our mission to protect and restore the Colorado Plateau. Every year, over 250 people collectively contribute more than 14,000 hours – equal to seven full-time positions – dedicated to conservation and restoration projects that would otherwise be left undone.

Our 2014 Volunteers

We need you

A dwindling of the constituency for conservation and related cutbacks in funding and staffing resources for managing our public lands are alarming trends, especially as the daunting realities of climate change in the Southwest become clear.  To counter these trends, the Trust mobilizes people to complete important research and restoration projects on public and Native American lands. This growing community of knowledgeable and passionate citizens is our best hope for conservation of the Colorado Plateau—and beyond.

Volunteering Changes Lives and Land

We do more than get good work done. By connecting people to places, we inspire them to care. We transform lives while we transform landscapes.  Our volunteers acquire tremendous skills and become leaders and teachers by sharing their energy and talents as part of a larger conservation movement.

Volunteerism is at the heart of what we seek as an organization: to build a grassroots movement of people who speak for the land.  The experiences that happen in the field carry over to personal lives. These are friends the environmental movement can call upon to defend beloved places and preserve their legacy for future generations.


We cultivate the next generation of conservation leaders. Over half our volunteers are young people who join us in the field to learn firsthand about the environmental challenges of their time. We help them translate their experiences and ideas into civic action. Our conservation interns develop vital skill-sets and get jobs in the environmental sector.


We train citizen scientists to help answer hard questions and solve tough problems on public lands. We give them the skills, tools, and expertise to accomplish vital on-the-ground restoration and monitoring. We use this information to advocate for land management that minimizes habitat degradation in the face of climate change.


We empower people to be effective advocates. Our volunteers document what they see on the land and make official comments on important land management policies. They are part of an energetic team working to find solutions to the problems facing the Colorado Plateau, with a truly unique and passionate voice for conservation.