Grand Canyon National Park
Science and Resource Management (S&RM) staff developed a dynamic and comprehensive science and education outreach program. One of the highlights was the establishment of the Conversations on the Edge lecture series. Division specialists presented four lectures at Northern Arizona University’s Cline Library in Flagstaff in partnership with Grand Canyon Association (GCA). This lecture series featured talks on both natural and socio-cultural resources, with a total of 428 attendees.
Division staff also participated in a variety of park and GCA events including Archeology Day, Celebrate Wildlife Day, Interpretive Spring Training and GCA Members’ Weekend. S&RM staff spearheaded planning for the park’s first observance of Earth Science Week, in October 2009. S&RM specialists also presented sessions at the Grand Canyon Field Institute’s and Grand Canyon River Guides’ training seminars and at a number of other symposiums, conferences, training sessions, and special events. S&RM staff wrote articles in a variety of publications including Park Science (special edition on soundscapes), Canyon Views, The Guide, Boatman’s Quarterly Review, and RMS Journal. These articles reached audiences both technical and general, and national and local. Nine Canyon Sketches
2009/2010 Accomplishment Report
eMagazine features, which highlighted S&RM staff accomplishments, were posted on the park website. Four of the features also were highlighted as homepage features at the park service’s “nps.gov” websiste. Two features included multi-media content.
The Canyon Sketches homepage received more than 7,000 visits in 2009. In addition, staff created a “River Stewardship Action Guide” in partnership with river guides and non-commercial river users to improve stewardship in the river corridor. Tours of the museum collection are ongoing, with 32 formal tours conducted for diverse groups of researchers, school groups, park staff and news media. All outreach and education activities contribute to the overall goal of making resource management and park resources accessible to general audiences.
Grand Canyon National Park is an ideal place to celebrate Earth Science Week, as the park is a natural classroom and laboratory for the earth sciences, and is one of the most well-known and scenic geologic landscapes on the planet. NPS photo