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<strong>Annual</strong><br />

<strong>Report</strong><br />


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<strong>2020</strong> Board of Directors<br />

<strong>2020</strong> GCC Executive Team<br />

Vision<br />

Breathtaking from the moment you first cast eyes on<br />

it, <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> is just that – <strong>Grand</strong>. The natural and<br />

cultural significance of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> makes it one of the<br />

Seven Natural Wonders of the World and a UNESCO World<br />

Heritage site. It is a sacred place of serenity and reflection<br />

that invites exploration and adventure, instillingboth<br />

gratitude and humility. The <strong>Canyon</strong> is a cultural<br />

touchstone for those who came before and those who<br />

have yet to come.<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong>’s vision for <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> is:<br />

• A precious natural and cultural resource that is forever safeguarded.<br />

• Indigenous people and connected communities who are thriving.<br />

• Memorable experiences that welcome, ground, invigorate, and inspire.<br />

Mission<br />

To inspire generations of park champions to<br />

cherish and support the natural and cultural<br />

wonder of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>.<br />

Teresa Gavigan, Chair<br />

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania<br />

Mitchell Walker, Vice Chair<br />

San Antonio, Texas<br />

Lizabeth Ardisana<br />

Orchard Lake, Michigan<br />

Ann Becker<br />

Fountain Hills, Arizona<br />

Randall Brown<br />

Dallas, Texas<br />

Kathryn Campana<br />

Scottsdale, Arizona<br />

Awenate Cobbina<br />

Detroit, Michigan<br />

Jason Coochwytewa<br />

Phoenix, Arizona<br />

Nigel Finney<br />

Rio Verde, Arizona<br />

Eric Fraint<br />

Moorestown, New Jersey<br />

Deborah M. Gage<br />

Dallas, Texas<br />

Teresa Kline<br />

Dunwoody, Georgia<br />

Alejandra Lillo<br />

Los Angeles, California<br />

Shantini Munthree<br />

Oakland, California<br />

Mark Schiavoni<br />

Paradise Valley, Arizona<br />

Stan Sutherland<br />

Flagstaff, Arizona<br />

Merl E. Waschler<br />

Scottsdale, Arizona<br />

Tyson Winarski<br />

Mountain View, California<br />

Theresa McMullan<br />

Chief Executive Officer<br />

Marie Buck<br />

Chief Operating Officer/Chief Financial Officer/Treasurer<br />

Darin Geiger<br />

Director of Operations<br />

Minyin Hart<br />

Director of Finance<br />

Laura Jones<br />

Chief of Staff/Corporate Secretary<br />

Mindy Riesenberg<br />

Director of Marketing & Communications<br />

Danielle Segura<br />

Chief Philanthropy Officer<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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Thank<br />

You!<br />

L-R: Theresa McMullan, CEO, and Teresa Gavigan, Board Chair. Photo by Veronica Tierney.<br />

Dear Friend,<br />

<strong>2020</strong> was extraordinary by any measure and was undoubtedly a year we will never<br />

forget. When we think back to March, it was a time of uncertainty and change—<br />

of creatively finding ways to fulfill our mission in a completely different environment.<br />

The park was closed for over a month. And, one year later, some of our retail<br />

stores are still closed and our full schedule of on-site education programs has<br />

yet to resume.<br />

While park visitor centers have remained closed, our retail team has served the<br />

public with information to provide for their safety and ensure a meaningful visit.<br />

Hand-in-hand with the park staff, we shifted to virtual programming for kids and<br />

adults to connect people throughout the world to the wonders of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>.<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, we welcomed a new superintendent, Ed Keable. Thanks to you, Ed and<br />

his staff have continued their important work with wildlife, vegetation, trails, and<br />

building conservation, to name a few. They’ve also continued to work to strengthen<br />

relationships with members of the 11 tribes associated with <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> and to<br />

provide more opportunities for tribal members at places like Desert View.<br />

As the world changed around us, we also reviewed our mission and vision<br />

statements and updated them to better reflect the work GCC does now and the<br />

goals we have for the future. As we look to 2021, we are committed to the urgency<br />

of our new mission statement—to inspire generations of park champions to cherish<br />

and support the natural and cultural wonder of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>.<br />

On behalf of the GCC Board of Directors and Staff, thanks for being part<br />

of something GRAND!<br />

<strong>2020</strong><br />

Accomplishments<br />

Teresa Gavigan, Board Chair<br />

Theresa McMullan, CEO<br />

Photo by Ross Joyner on Unsplash.

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Desert View Inter-tribal<br />

Cultural Heritage Site<br />

A New Era Celebrating Tribal Heritage Begins<br />

at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park<br />

The Desert View Inter-tribal Cultural Heritage Site will convey a new relationship<br />

and partnership between American Indian tribes and the National Park Service,<br />

elevating <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> through the voices and human stories of the park’s<br />

traditionally associated tribes.<br />

The Inter-tribal Working Group developing this project comprises representatives<br />

from the 11 traditionally associated <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> tribes, the National Park Service/<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park, <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong>, the American Indian<br />

Alaska Native Tourism Association (AIANTA), and park concessioners. This group is<br />

working with a design team led by artist and designer Andy Dufford, who designed<br />

Mather Amphitheater and the Tribal Medallion near Mather Point.<br />

Photo by Lear Miller.<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.<br />

Planning and designs for Desert View were completed in <strong>2020</strong>, with work<br />

beginning in early 2021, including the rearrangement of the site to include a new<br />

Tribal Welcome Center and an outdoor demonstration area, more accessible<br />

pathways, the renovation of the amphitheater, new shade structures and picnic<br />

areas, and upgrades to the parking lots. All of these new features have been<br />

designed to honor and respect the tribal relationships with the land.<br />

As part of the park’s commitment to highlighting the cultural heritage of <strong>Grand</strong><br />

<strong>Canyon</strong>’s first people, the Cultural Demonstration Series hosted 18 tribal artists<br />

at the beginning of <strong>2020</strong>. This series was suspended in mid-March <strong>2020</strong> due to<br />

COVID-19. The park and <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> worked together to swiftly<br />

launch a digital format, developing a section of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong>’s<br />

website that is dedicated to the Cultural Demonstration Series. Viewers can explore<br />

demonstrators by craft (carvers, jewelers, painters, potters, weavers, and other)<br />

and learn more about the people and the artworks they create. To learn more, visit<br />

grandcanyon.org/demonstrators.<br />

Phase Two (construction) for Desert View is a $6.5 million project. Through<br />

<strong>2020</strong>, $3.3 million has been raised.<br />

Phase Two Project Partners<br />

Concept rendering by Andy Dufford.<br />

and The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation

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Educating the<br />

Next Generation<br />

of <strong>Canyon</strong> Stewards<br />

Cédric Dhaenens<br />

Photo by Cédric Dhaenens on Unsplash.

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Ranger Andy Pearce conducting a distance learning class. Photo by Mindy Riesenberg.<br />

“The Distance Learning programs allow ALL students access.<br />

Those who are still at home often feel isolated and like they are<br />

missing out. These programs help build a sense of community<br />

among our learners. It is really a wonderful program.”<br />

– Debbie Voris, 5th Grade Teacher, Hopi Elementary School, Phoenix, AZ<br />

Distance Learning Studio Brings<br />

Rangers to Classrooms and Homes<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park’s Distance Learning program took center stage in <strong>2020</strong> due<br />

to the challenges of in-person learning during the pandemic. With many students learning<br />

from home, the park provided online educational programming to students across the<br />

country and around the world.<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> funding provided new, more versatile camera<br />

and computer equipment for the Distance Learning Studio, allowing the park to reach<br />

3,768 students of all ages. The staff of trained educators also improved the curriculum,<br />

implementing new methodologies and best practices in education to create inclusive<br />

programs.<br />

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<strong>Canyon</strong> Field School @Home<br />

Provides Virtual Modules for<br />

Home-Based Learning<br />

As COVID-19 restrictions prohibited<br />

in-person classes at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>, the<br />

<strong>Canyon</strong> Field School reinvented itself through<br />

an e-learning program called <strong>Canyon</strong> Field<br />

School @Home. This collaboration between<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> and the National<br />

Park Service provides curated online content<br />

to parents, educators, clubs, and children<br />

through online videos and downloadable<br />

activity booklets. These fun and focused<br />

learning tools feature modules on geology,<br />

ecology, human history, and dark skies,<br />

keeping <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> alive in the minds of<br />

our youngest enthusiasts.<br />

Once in-park programming resumes<br />

for students and school groups, <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

Field School @Home and other online<br />

educational tools will serve as pre-and<br />

post-visit resources.<br />

Junior Rangers:<br />

Protecting Our Parks<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, 13,280 <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park<br />

Junior Rangers were sworn in, pledging to<br />

help to preserve and protect our national<br />

parks. This program teaches children about<br />

the nature and history of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> while<br />

they explore the park and have fun. Since<br />

the Park Visitor Center was closed through<br />

most of <strong>2020</strong>, Junior Ranger activity books<br />

were available at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong><br />

stores. Once completed, kids received Junior<br />

Ranger badges and signed certificates.

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Science, Wildlife,<br />

and Vegetation<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.<br />

Bison Relocated to Tribal Nations<br />

A live capture program relocated 57 bison to the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (Kansas),<br />

the Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe (South Dakota), Santee Sioux Tribe (Nebraska), and the<br />

Modoc Nation (Oklahoma), helping to achieve herd reduction goals to mitigate the damage to<br />

cultural and natural resources that has occurred due to overpopulation of bison on the<br />

North Rim. Eleven additional bison were outfitted with tracking collars and released to allow<br />

scientists to study bison migratory patterns and population size.<br />

Tracking Monarch Butterflies<br />

Another wildlife program initiated in <strong>2020</strong> focused on monarch butterfly<br />

research. The park hopes to increase the monarch butterfly population<br />

by installing pollinator gardens at the South Rim to monitor butterflies<br />

throughout the park. These gardens will be planted with milkweed,<br />

which is critical to monarch recovery. Monarch butterflies found in<br />

these gardens will be tagged to assist in conservation efforts.<br />

Photo by Unsplash.

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Non-Native Fish Control<br />

A multi-year project to reduce the number of non-native brown and rainbow trout in Bright<br />

Angel Creek to benefit native fish populations in <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park continued in <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>’s native fish are uniquely adapted to the characteristics of the Colorado River<br />

and its tributaries and have suffered severe declines due to human-caused changes to their<br />

habitat. Bright Angel Creek once supported large numbers of native fish, including the endangered<br />

humpback chub. Today, Bright Angel Creek is the main spawning site in <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> for<br />

non-native brown trout, which are voracious predators of native fish.<br />

Biologists are using two methods to capture and remove non-native trout in lower<br />

Bright Angel Creek during the winter months: a weir, or fish trap, and electro-fishing. The weir<br />

captures large trout that live in the Colorado River as they enter Bright Angel Creek to spawn.<br />

Electro-fishing allows fisheries biologists to monitor and assess the creek’s fish population and<br />

remove non-native trout. Some of the fish caught by these methods are donated to local tribes.<br />

Elk Monitoring<br />

Six collared elk were actively tracked in <strong>2020</strong> by<br />

park scientists, monitoring their movements in and<br />

near <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Village to better understand their<br />

seasonal movements and the resources that attract<br />

them. The study aims to allow wildlife managers to<br />

better understand habituated elk ecology in a wildland/<br />

urban environment.<br />

The adult elk are tracked by GPS collars, which are<br />

programmed to collect a GPS location every four hours.<br />

Ultimately, the information collected will help inform an<br />

elk management plan to reduce direct and/or indirect<br />

human supplementation of food and water, decrease<br />

elk attraction to high-use visitor areas, and decrease<br />

the opportunity for negative interactions between elk<br />

and humans.<br />

Photos by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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Polk Fellowship Interns<br />

Ongoing support was also provided to the Polk Fellowship program, providing two college<br />

students the opportunity to participate in a 10-week paid internship at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

National Park with the Science and Resource Management Division. Damian Johns, a<br />

graduate research assistant in biology at Northern Arizona University, was this year’s wildlife<br />

intern, and Sophie Gronbeck, an environmental studies major at Mount Holyoke College in<br />

Massachusetts, was this year’s vegetation intern.<br />

Highlights of Johns’ internship included capturing and collaring a bull elk, monitoring<br />

California condors, and deploying bioacoustic recorders in remote areas to monitor the<br />

diversity of bat species in <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>. “I will leave this internship with a new level of<br />

biological knowledge and a rejuvenated motivation to pursue my career goals,” he said. “The<br />

skills that I have acquired this summer will undoubtedly benefit me in my future research<br />

endeavors.”<br />

Gronbeck participated in the collection of seeds from native grasses and wildflowers<br />

to restore areas where these plants had been dug up to replace the canyon’s water pipeline,<br />

removed invasive plants, and monitored endangered plants around the North and South<br />

Rim lodging areas. “I have learned more than any textbook could teach me in a summer and<br />

experienced <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park in a way I never would have expected,” she said.<br />

E-bike at Tuweep. Photo by Mindy Riesenberg.<br />

Demonstration Garden Signage<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, GCC funded the printing and installation of interpretive signage at the Demonstration<br />

Garden located between El Tovar’s dining room and the rim. The garden introduces visitors to the<br />

vast array of botanical diversity in <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>. With thousands of plant species, the canyon is<br />

more diverse than any other National Park, taking visitors on a botanical journey the equivalent of<br />

an expedition from Canada to Mexico.<br />

Tuweep Provisions<br />

Tuweep is located in a remote section of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park, where visitors have a rustic<br />

and uncrowded experience. To patrol the vast area, Ranger Todd Seliga and volunteers ride e-bikes<br />

provided by GCC. In <strong>2020</strong>, funding was provided for professional level routine e-bike maintenance,<br />

replacement of worn items, and the purchase of protective equipment for bike patrols. Funding<br />

was also provided for the “Tuweep Experience Project” with artist Amy Martin, including signage,<br />

website content, portraitures, and interviews nourishing area relationships and protecting the<br />

area’s values.<br />

Sarah Ciarrachi, Damian Johns, and Brandon Holton waiting for the immobilization<br />

reversal drugs to take effect after collaring a bull elk on the South Rim.<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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Trail Crews Provide Safe Pathways<br />

The corridor trails throughout <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> were well cared for by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park’s trail<br />

crew in <strong>2020</strong>. This critical work kept <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>’s trails safe for the thousands of hikers who trek the<br />

canyon each year.<br />

Trails<br />

Cyclic maintenance, or reoccurring maintenance, is the “meat and potatoes” of trail operations,<br />

providing regular care for drains, rebar, and blown out walls; removing rock falls, rock debris, and<br />

fallen trees; and replacing trail tread with fresh dirt. Trail crews undertook this work on all 7.5 miles of<br />

Bright Angel Trail, 3 miles of the South Kaibab Trail from the Trailhead to Mormon Flats, 3 miles of the<br />

North Kaibab Trail from the Trailhead to the Redwall Bridge, and 2 miles of the Colorado River Trail from<br />

Phantom Ranch to Pipe Creek.<br />

Major trail rehabilitation, consisting of heavy stone work, was completed on 262 linear feet of the<br />

South Kaibab Trail and 640 linear feet of the Rim Trail, two creek crossings were completely rehabilitated<br />

along Bright Angel Trail, and a 419-foot stone retention wall was completely laid by hand on the North<br />

Kaibab Trail where the Trans <strong>Canyon</strong> Water Pipeline had blown out and taken a significant portion of the<br />

trail with it.<br />

Trails Forever Endowment: Providing for the Future<br />

At the end of <strong>2020</strong>, thanks to your support, the Trails Forever Endowment held over $3.6 million<br />

to provide for trail restoration in perpetuity. This permanent fund will produce ongoing funds<br />

for the repair and maintenance of trails throughout the park.<br />

On the Trails: Preventive Search and Rescue<br />

Preventive Search and Rescue (PSAR) volunteers reduce the potential harm visitors could get into by<br />

providing “prevention through education.” From April through October, rangers and volunteers deploy to<br />

corridor trails and slowly patrol down into the canyon. They take positions at natural bottlenecks close<br />

to common rest areas to educate visitors descending farther into the canyon on topics such as personal<br />

preparedness and safe hiking practices.<br />

Due to COVID-19 restrictions, only local volunteers who lived within a five to seven-hour driving<br />

distance from the canyon could work in <strong>2020</strong>. Because of this, 25 volunteers were active last year,<br />

as opposed to the usual 65.<br />

Volunteers made<br />

76,310 total contacts<br />

with hikers, taking<br />

12,541 preventive<br />

actions and handling<br />

332 hiker assists.<br />

Photos by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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Reaching Out<br />

Virtually in <strong>2020</strong><br />

GCC pivoted swiftly to digital and virtual methods of reaching members, friends, students,<br />

and <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> enthusiasts at home during the COVID-19 pandemic.<br />

“<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Moments” Video Series<br />

Thanks to a donation from the Arizona Lottery, GCC was able to develop “<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Moments,”<br />

a 20-week series of short, two to three-minute educational videos that brought <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park<br />

to viewers at home. These videos were viewed by approximately 65,000 times by people across<br />

the country and around the world.<br />

Photo by Samantha Borges on Unsplash.<br />

The series topics were:<br />

1 . Dark Skies<br />

2. Ribbon Falls<br />

3 . Springs<br />

4 . Home at Phantom Ranch<br />

5. Wings Over <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

6 . Slowing Down<br />

7. Seasons of the North Rim<br />

8. Mary Colter<br />

9. Natural Sound<br />

10. Wildlife<br />

11. The Greenhouse<br />

12. Water<br />

13. Desert View Watchtower<br />

14. Trails<br />

15. Tribal Connections<br />

16 . On the River<br />

17. How Phantom Ranch<br />

Got its Name<br />

18. Preservation of Kolb Studio<br />

19. <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Sunset<br />

20. Giving Back<br />

Xplore <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> App<br />

The Xplore <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> app, launched on Apple and Android<br />

devices in June <strong>2020</strong>, allows people to walk in <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

from their own home via virtual and augmented technology.<br />

Users can turn any room into <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>’s South Rim, walking<br />

along trails and activating educational content curated by GCC<br />

and <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park. GCC was able to jump into the<br />

realm of virtual reality through the generosity of TimeLooper’s<br />

Foundations Program, which allows cultural institutions and public<br />

lands partners to develop interpretive virtual environments without<br />

financial commitment for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis.<br />

Cultural Demonstration Series Website<br />

Since 2014, the Cultural Demonstration Series at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

National Park has given members from <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>’s 11<br />

traditionally associated tribes a platform to share their traditional<br />

crafts with visitors. With in-person events on hold, the park and<br />

GCC dedicated a section of GCC’s website to the series. Viewers<br />

can explore demonstrators by craft (carvers, jewelers, painters,<br />

potters, weavers, and other) and learn more about the people and<br />

the artworks they create.<br />

Facebook Live<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, GCC presented 42 different<br />

Facebook Live videos, featuring<br />

topics such as: the canyon’s geology,<br />

ecology, and human history; events<br />

like Celebration of Art, Trailblazer,<br />

and Star Party; hiking safety tips;<br />

discussions with industry experts<br />

like astronomer Dean Regas and<br />

physician and author Dr. Tom<br />

Myers; the park’s historic buildings;<br />

information on Field Institute classes<br />

and tours; and rim walks and hikes<br />

down trails that showed viewers<br />

different areas and vistas of the<br />

canyon. Over 700,000 people viewed<br />

these live presentations on GCC’s<br />

Facebook platform, engaging and<br />

delighting them in real time with<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>.

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Star Party<br />

The 30th annual <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Star Party was held virtually<br />

June 13–20, <strong>2020</strong>. Each evening that week, the park premiered<br />

videos on their Facebook page and hosted a speaker series via<br />

videoconferencing featuring special guest speakers, astronomers,<br />

and park rangers. Astronomers connected video cameras to their<br />

telescopes to share images of the skies with viewers, who could ask<br />

questions in chat rooms online. Star Party was hosted by the National<br />

Park Service, the Tucson Amateur Astronomy Association, Focus<br />

Astronomy, and GCC.<br />

Virtual Events Reach<br />

a Wide Audience<br />

Blazing Trails for <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

The first <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> Trailblazer event was held the<br />

week of August 23, <strong>2020</strong>. Trailblazer invited people to complete<br />

a walk, jog, hike, or bike ride in their favorite National Park or in<br />

their neighborhood to raise funds to help protect and preserve<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park. Since many people were unable to<br />

travel to <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park, live social media videos took<br />

participants along the Rim Trail with GCC staff, sharing stories,<br />

viewpoints, and <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> history along the way. Participants<br />

were encouraged to get outdoors wherever they could and to share<br />

their journeys on social media. A week’s worth of crowdfunding<br />

raised over $30,000, ensuring that Trailblazer will become an<br />

annual GCC event.<br />

Thank you to our Trailblazer partners<br />

Photo by Logan Mayer on Unsplash.

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Special Thanks to Our<br />

Celebration of Art Sponsors:<br />

Presenting Sponsors<br />

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Lisa Spragens<br />

Kaibab Sponsors<br />

Jeanne & Nigel Finney<br />

Celebration of Art<br />

The 12th annual Celebration of Art (September 12, <strong>2020</strong>–February 28, 2021) was a hybrid<br />

of in-person and online events. The exhibition and sale were presented through a gallery<br />

on GCC’s website, where collectors could view and purchase artworks.<br />

In-person activities included two Artist Paint Out sessions, one at Mather Point and one<br />

along the South Rim between Verkamp’s Visitor Center and Thunderbird Lodge. Visitors<br />

had the opportunity to watch the artists interpret the ever-shifting light and shadow,<br />

amazing landforms, and vibrant colors of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>. The events were free and open to<br />

the public, and the paintings were available to purchase on-site.<br />

<strong>2020</strong> Participating Artists<br />

Joshua Been<br />

Elizabeth Black<br />

Amery Bohling<br />

John Cogan<br />

Michelle Condrat<br />

Bill Cramer<br />

Cody DeLong<br />

Kadin Goldberg<br />

Robert Goldman<br />

Bruce Gomez<br />

Linda Glover Gooch<br />

Susie Hyer<br />

Peggy Immel<br />

Bonnie McGee<br />

Mick McGinty<br />

James McGrew<br />

Michelle Condrat<br />

Betsy Menand<br />

Marcia Molnar<br />

Jose Nunez<br />

Kari Ganoung Ruiz<br />

Matt Sterbenz<br />

Dawn Sutherland<br />

Paula Swain<br />

Special guest artist: Serena Supplee<br />

Marcia Molnar<br />

Coconino Sponsors<br />

Terri Kline<br />

Picerne Fine Art Collection,<br />

Courtesy of Doreen, David, & Danielle Picerne<br />

Amy & Mark Schiavoni<br />

Steve Watson<br />

Tyson Winarski<br />

Sheri Young<br />

Vishnu Sponsors<br />

Anonymous in honor of Arline Tinus<br />

Mark & Donna Levison<br />

Loven Contracting<br />

Janet & Ed Sands<br />

Media Sponsors<br />

American Art Collector<br />

Cowboys & Indians Magazine<br />

Fine Art Connoisseur<br />

Sedona Monthly<br />

Southwest Art Magazine<br />

Western Art Collector<br />

Celebration of Art<br />

raised $156,000 for a<br />

future art venue and<br />

arts programming at<br />

the South Rim.<br />

This year’s award winners were:<br />

People’s Choice Award: Matt Sterbenz<br />

Artists’ Choice Award: Bill Cramer<br />

Best of Show: Elizabeth Black<br />

Cody DeLong<br />

Kadin Goldberg

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Publications<br />

In <strong>2020</strong>, GCC published How Not to Die at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>,<br />

by Dr. Tom Myers. This waterproof pocket guide educates <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

visitors about the 12 most common hazards that visitors experience, how<br />

to avoid them, and how to perform first aid on the spot. Other publications<br />

included a new edition of The Official Guide to <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>’s North Rim,<br />

by Stewart Aitchison, and the publication of the 2019 <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> History<br />

Symposium, Celebrating 100 Years of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park. The topselling<br />

books of <strong>2020</strong> were I Am the <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>, Whose Tail on the Trail<br />

at <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>, and <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> Geology.<br />

Photo by Lear Miller.

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Thank you<br />

for your generous contributions.<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> is grateful for the many people, companies, and organizations<br />

that supported <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> National Park through donations between January 1 and<br />

December 31, <strong>2020</strong>. Every effort has been made to ensure that this list is accurate.<br />

Due to space constraints, we are only able to include those who contributed $1,000 or<br />

more. Regardless of the amount, your contribution helps us inspire present and future<br />

generations to protect and preserve <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>. Multi-year gifts are recognized the<br />

year the pledge was made.<br />

$100,000 +<br />

Arizona Lottery<br />

Arizona State Parks & Trails<br />

Robert and Mary Bricker<br />

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> River Heritage Coalition<br />

The Kemper and Ethel Marley Foundation<br />

National Park Foundation<br />

The Orr Family Foundation<br />

The Raintree Foundation<br />

$50,000 +<br />

Susan and William Ahearn<br />

American Express<br />

Arizona Community Foundation<br />

Delaware North Parks and Resorts<br />

Robert L. Sanders Estate<br />

Lisa Spragens<br />

$25,000 +<br />

Arizona Public Service<br />

Gregory Dixon<br />

Jeanne and Nigel Finney<br />

Sheila Lewis Henry and Allen Henry<br />

Robert and Dee Leggett Foundation<br />

Steven Luff<br />

Margaret T. Morris Foundation<br />

$10,000 +<br />

Anonymous<br />

Anonymous<br />

Lizabeth Ardisana and Greg Rouke<br />

Arch and Laura Brown<br />

In memory of Joshua Colover (Aperture Films)<br />

Dorothy Engel<br />

Teresa Gavigan and Larry Besnoff<br />

In memory of Susan Tinney Geiger<br />

Keri Hensley<br />

Elly and Bob Hostetler<br />

Teresa L. Kline<br />

Theresa McMullan<br />

Nina and Jim Meyer<br />

Zina Mirsky<br />

Charles Stewart Mott Foundation<br />

Ann and Bruce Peek<br />

Janet and Ed Sands<br />

Mark and Amy Schiavoni<br />

Marsha and Ted Sitterley<br />

Philip M. Smith Estate<br />

Stephen and Elizabeth Watson<br />

Daniel and Donna Winarski<br />

Xanterra South Rim, LLC<br />

Sheri Young<br />

$5,000 +<br />

Darlene and David Barnes<br />

William and Barb Berkley<br />

Don and Ginger Brandt<br />

Brianna and Randall Brown<br />

Kathryn Campana<br />

Sally and Craig Clayton<br />

Corban Fund<br />

CSAA Insurance Group, a AAA Insurer<br />

Joann and Paul Delaney<br />

Sydney and Michael Dye<br />

Dye Family Foundation<br />

Mary and Robert Elliott<br />

Eric and Kathryn Fraint Charitable Fund<br />

Jean and John Grove<br />

Kathleen and Michael Hayes<br />

Joanne and John Kirby<br />

Donna and Marc Levison<br />

Melissa Murphy and Todd Zondlo<br />

Mary Ellen and Ken Mylrea<br />

Picerne Fine Art Collection<br />

Jean Quinsey<br />

Frances Rockwell<br />

Carol and Randy Schilling<br />

Susan Schroeder and Gary McNaughton<br />

David Schulz<br />

Mark Siegel<br />

The Skillman Foundation<br />

Michele and Robert Steger<br />

Dawn and Stan Sutherland<br />

Liz and Bill Sweeney<br />

Cheryl Thomsen & Tom Heideman<br />

Susan and Richard Turner<br />

DJ Williams<br />

Tyson Winarski<br />

Your Part-Time Controller, LLC<br />

$2,500 +<br />

Anonymous<br />

Anne and John Barton<br />

Jennalee and Jim Britton<br />

Marie and Dale Buck<br />

Tania Calhoun<br />

Awenate Cobbina<br />

Dorrance Family Foundation<br />

Bernard Ederer<br />

Nancy and Jerry Fogleman<br />

Rich and Patrice Foudy<br />

Four Peaks Brewing Co.<br />

Freeport-McMoRan Copper & Gold Foundation<br />

Deborah Gage<br />

Sarah Harris<br />

Johnson & Johnson<br />

Julie and Doug Klapstein<br />

Marilyn Meade and Barbara Whitney<br />

Paula and James Miller<br />

Diane and Gary Morris<br />

Erica Nelson and Steven Schueppert<br />

Parks Project<br />

Linda Parr<br />

The Peck-Bernet Fund<br />

Cynthia and Steven Rizzo<br />

The RORD Foundation<br />

Danielle Segura<br />

Elizabeth and Richard Seney<br />

Malcolm Swift<br />

Stacy and Mitchell Walker<br />

Frank J. Weber Jr.<br />

Barbara Whitney and Marilyn Meade<br />

Woods Construction<br />

Riki Zappone<br />

$1,000 +<br />

Kara and Robert Adams<br />

Benito Almanza<br />

Georgia and Luis Alpizar<br />

Maria and Gary Anderson<br />

Deena Barlev and Robert King<br />

Jeannette and Robert Barnes<br />

John Barto<br />

Joan Baxter<br />

Ann Becker and Brett Lincoln<br />

Janice Dunn Bellucci<br />

Karen Larson and Gary Bicker<br />

Sheila and Bill Bishop<br />

Kay and Hu Blake<br />

Ann and Brian Blue<br />

Dr. Leonard S. Bodell and Ms. Irene Renstram<br />

Michael and Mary Pat Bolner<br />

Penelope and Martin Bowin<br />

Leigh and Jim Bradburn<br />

Sana and Andy Brooks<br />

Jane and Rick Brothers<br />

Patsy and Bill Brunner<br />

Kathy Burrows<br />

The Bydale Foundation<br />

Patricia and Lucien Capone<br />

Barbara and Roger Carter<br />

Patricia Cherney<br />

Carrie Clark and Nathan Moore<br />

Jan and Fritz Clark<br />

Austin Clary<br />

Janet Cohn<br />

Genevieve and John Conley<br />

Steven Conrad<br />

Sue and Rich Cottine<br />

Debra and Jim Davis<br />

Lynn and Patrick de Freitas<br />

Ellen Deibert and Michael Quinn<br />

Carol Delaney<br />

Anne and Michael Descour<br />

Susanne Durling<br />

Fred Edson and Margie Puerta Edson<br />

Lucinda and Kevin Egler<br />

Robert and Prudence Eppers<br />

Dr. Raymond Erny and Dr. Judy McCarthy<br />

W.H. Faulkner<br />

Greg Ferguson<br />

Christine Spivey and Fran Flores<br />

Patricia and Robert Foster<br />

Kathryn and Eric Fraint<br />

Alan Freiden<br />


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contributions continued<br />

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Brett Gage<br />

Joan Garnett and Ray Abercrombie<br />

Vivianne and Bruce Gold<br />

Dawn and Don Goldman<br />

Michal Rebecca Goodling<br />

Craig Gordon and Barbara Smith<br />

Laura Penny and Steve Gottlieb<br />

Jan Gruner<br />

Ruth Guarino<br />

Ann Guggenbuehler<br />

Martha Hahn<br />

Darroy Hanson<br />

Katherine and Mark Hanson<br />

Donna Hawxhurst<br />

Annie and Tim Heath<br />

Emily and Wade Hogg<br />

Ann and Joseph Hotung<br />

Kimberly and William Hsia<br />

Diane Huey<br />

Denise and James Hunsaker<br />

Merry and Justin Ireland<br />

Joel Ireland<br />

Patricia Ivey and Donald Schroeder<br />

Adriane Jetton<br />

Judie and Erik Kanten<br />

Susan and Laurence Karper<br />

Dr. and Mrs. Brian Kavanagh<br />

Deborah Smith and Ronald Keefe<br />

Harold Kiel<br />

Jacqueline and Tim Kjellberg<br />

Kay and Bill Klavon<br />

Cheryl and Klaus Koch<br />

Candice and Robert Koch<br />

Franklyn Kraus<br />

Ken and Dorothy Lamm<br />

Deborah Stavro Lapides and Murray Lapides<br />

Karen Lerohl Wilson<br />

Rod Limke<br />

Mike Loven<br />

Pat Lucas and Max Quinney<br />

Judith and Matthew Manning<br />

Kate and Bunky Markert<br />

Lauren and Ben Marshall<br />

Mary Marx<br />

Suzanne Miles and Robert Mason<br />

Kristan Hutchison and Joseph Mastroianni<br />

Sharon Mattern<br />

Warren McNaughton<br />

Norm Meier<br />

Victoria Mello<br />

Mellon Family Foundation<br />

Deirdre Mercurio<br />

Susan and Mitch Meyer<br />

Betty and James Craig Miller<br />

David Monet<br />

Jean Moriki<br />

Donna and Roger Muhlenkamp<br />

Christine Duff Muldoon<br />

Thomas M. Murray<br />

Will Murray<br />

John Nau<br />

Bruce Nelson<br />

Judy and Chuck Nesbit<br />

Linda and Scott O’Brien<br />

Richard and Debra Onsager<br />

William Otten<br />

Molly Debysingh Outwater and Richard Outwater<br />

Andrew Overhiser<br />

Linda and Tom Pallas<br />

Angela Parker and Bret Raper<br />

Geni Miller and B. Stephen Parker<br />

Susan and William Pay<br />

Donna Lenherr and Arthur Pearce<br />

Anthony Petullo<br />

Laura and Thomas Pew<br />

Phillips Family<br />

Randy Poulsen<br />

William Powers<br />

Sandra and William Puchlevic<br />

Brenda Rabalais<br />

Boots and Merrill Raber<br />

Michael Raleigh<br />

Margaret Rambikur<br />

Nick Reed<br />

Rebecca Reed<br />

Allen Roberts<br />

Beverly and Jay Roberts<br />

Jeffrey Robinson<br />

Dr. Mark W. Roosa and Mrs. Lynn P. Roosa<br />

John Rowland<br />

Eric Runberg<br />

Dee and A John Rush<br />

Michael Rusing<br />

Lulu Santamaria and Patrice Horstman<br />

Joy and David Schaller<br />

Elise and Paul Schmidt<br />

Donald P. Schroeder<br />

Christine and Michael Schroeder<br />

Ann and Mike Scott<br />

Mrs. Janet Seeds and Dr. Michael Seeds<br />

Martha Sewell<br />

Sandra Shaw<br />

Tracy and Michael Sheehy<br />

Mr. and Mrs. Alan Shore<br />

Dr. Barbara L. Smith and Mr. Craig Gordon<br />

Karen and Iver Sondrol<br />

Kelley and Brent Southwell<br />

Linda and Terry Sparks<br />

Dianne and Steve Sperry<br />

Elizabeth and Jerry Starkey<br />

Joan and Edward Steiner<br />

Tammy and Curtis Stewart<br />

Martha and Don Stoneberger<br />

Cynthia and Bradley Strecker<br />

Stuart Strife<br />

Anne Stupp<br />

Spencer Sun<br />

Sally and David Swenson<br />

Betty Tatro and Frank Romaglia<br />

Dr. Dean G. Taylor<br />

Helen and Ray Taylor<br />

Janice Taylor<br />

Tony Taylor<br />

Dean Jeffery Telego<br />

Phil Telfeyan<br />

Susan and Howard Thiele<br />

Suzanne and John Thomas<br />

Martin and Wendy Tomerlin<br />

Barbara and David Uberuaga<br />

David Van Denburgh<br />

Willem and Johanna Van Kempen<br />

Carol Vaughn and Ken Brewer<br />

Ledella and James von Dorn<br />

Yi Ja and Bruce Wang<br />

Wei Li and Derek Wang<br />

Susan and Merl Waschler<br />

Susan Watkins and Scott Beeman<br />

Ann and David Watson<br />

Tina and Peter Watterberg<br />

Tamara Potter and Joachim Weickmann<br />

Daryl and Chip Weil<br />

Hilarie and Peter Weinstock<br />

Effy and Richard Weisfield<br />

Wells Fargo<br />

Wild Tribute<br />

The Wildland Trekking Company<br />

Joan Winstein<br />

Mrs. Mary Wolk<br />

Marjorie Woodruff and Brad Houston<br />

Elizabeth and Robert Wych<br />

Sangho Yoo<br />

Marjorie and Robert Zamorski<br />

Ms. Carol Zazubek and Mr. Douglas R. Thomas<br />

Bright Angel Circle<br />

The Bright Angel Circle honors forward-thinking<br />

individuals who have made an estate gift or bequest<br />

to <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong>. Thank you for helping<br />

us protect and preserve the <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> for future<br />

generations. Our heartfelt gratitude for your<br />

commitment to our national parks.<br />

New Bright Angel Circle members<br />

in <strong>2020</strong> include:<br />

Eric B. Bowman<br />

Carol Coy<br />

Lynn Donahue<br />

Kurt Grow<br />

Teresa Kline<br />

This list includes donations made between<br />

January 1 and December 31, <strong>2020</strong>. Every effort<br />

has been made to ensure that it is accurate<br />

and complete. We apologize if your name<br />

has been omitted or otherwise inaccurately reported.<br />

Please contact us at (800) 858-2808<br />

so we may correct our records.<br />


Call: (800) 858-2808<br />

Email: philanthropy@grandcanyon.org<br />

Photo by Lear Miller.

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Financials<br />

Statement of Financial Position | December 31, <strong>2020</strong><br />

(with comparative totals for December 31, 2019)<br />

Assets<br />

<strong>2020</strong> 2019<br />

Current assets:<br />

Cash and cash equivalents $2,651,598 $3,386,638<br />

Investments 10,414,913 10,147,428<br />

Accounts receivable 37,453 45,993<br />

Pledges receivable, current 522,350 326,084<br />

Inventories 817,920 1,259,854<br />

Prepaid expenses 105,249 165,767<br />

Other current assets 58,288 63,488<br />

Liabilities and Net Assets<br />

<strong>2020</strong> 2019<br />

Liabilities:<br />

Accounts payable $272,023 $633,300<br />

Accrued payroll and related liabilities 263,967 375,247<br />

Customer deposits 169,446 249,991<br />

Other current liabilities 17,532 12,318<br />

Total current liabilities 722,968 1,270,856<br />

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Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.<br />

Total current assets 14,607,771 15,395,252<br />

Loan payable 1,104,631 -<br />

Fixed assets:<br />

Property, plant and equipment 1,543,773 1,512,399<br />

Accumulated depreciation (1,181,156) ( 1,005,978)<br />

Total fixed assets 362,617 506,421<br />

Other assets:<br />

Investments held for endowment purposes 6,387,633 5,837,360<br />

Pledges receivable, noncurrent, net 122,000 466,000<br />

Total liabilities 1,827,599 1,270,856<br />

Net assets:<br />

Without donor restrictions<br />

Board designated:<br />

Strategic operating reserve 1,741,840 1,654,404<br />

Direct Aid to NPS carryover 1,054,399 523,849<br />

Undesignated: 3,195,667 5,920,498<br />

Total net assets without donor restrictions 5,991,906 8,098,751<br />

Total other assets 6,509,633 6,303,360<br />

With donor restrictions 13,660,516 12,835,426<br />

Total assets $21,480,021 $22,205,033<br />

Total net assets 19,652,422 20,934,177<br />

Total liabilities and net assets $21,480,021 $22,205,033

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Statement of Activities<br />

Statement of Financial Position | December 31, <strong>2020</strong><br />

(with comparative totals for December 31, 2019)<br />

Without Donor Restrictions With Donor Restrictions <strong>2020</strong> Total 2019 Total<br />

Revenue, gains and other support:<br />

Sales $5,357,260 - $5,357,260 $12,526,781<br />

Field Institute services 126,707 - 126,707 709,776<br />

Contributions 1,186,943 1,316,846 2,503,789 3,598,194<br />

Memberships 702,619 - 702,619 889,050<br />

Investment gain/(loss) 132,783 1,293,220 1,426,003 1,561,165<br />

Other income 137,436 - 137,436 183,827<br />

Net assets released from restrictions 1,784,976 (1,784,976) - -<br />

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Total revenues, gains and other support 9,428,724 825,090 10,253,814 19,468,793<br />

Expenses and losses:<br />

Program A - Sales 3,761,600 - 3,761,600 7,160,214<br />

Program B - Aid to National Park Service 5,112,560 - 5,112,560 6,338,075<br />

Program C - Aid to USDA Forest Service 2,085 - 2,085 21,043<br />

Management and general 1,722,625 - 1,722,625 2,016,971<br />

Fundraising 936,699 - 936,699 850,699<br />

Total expenses 11,535,569 - 11,535,569 16,387,002<br />

Change in net assets (2,106,845) 825,090 (1,281,755) 3,081,791<br />

Net assets, beginning of year 8,098,751 12,835,426 20,934,177 17,852,386<br />

Net assets, end of year $5,991,906 $13,660,516 $19,652,422 $20,934,177<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.<br />

The amounts presented here are derived from <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong>’s<br />

audited financial statements for the year ending December 31, <strong>2020</strong>.<br />

A copy of the audited financial statement is available on the GCC website.

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Support to the<br />

National Park Service<br />

Total $5,112,560<br />

<strong>2020</strong> % of Total<br />

GCC Interpretive Services 3,212,284 62.8%<br />

Arts & Culture 1,025,587 20.1%<br />

Publication Development 261,134 5.1%<br />

Trails Restoration 105,576 2.1%<br />

Conservation: Habitat & Wildlife 263,089 5.1%<br />

Education & Interpretation 237,237 4.6%<br />

Building & Historic Structures 4,390 0.1%<br />

Visitor Services 3,263 0.1%<br />

Photo by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

<strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> <strong>Conservancy</strong> inspires generations of<br />

park champions to cherish and support the natural and<br />

cultural wonder of <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong><br />

P.O. Box 399, <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong>, AZ 86023<br />

(800) 858-2808 | grandcanyon.org<br />

Front and back cover image by <strong>Grand</strong> <strong>Canyon</strong> NPS.

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