Grand Circle Field School is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization partnering with the National Park Service and Bureau of Land Management to serve the vast public lands of the Colorado Plateau in Arizona, Utah, New Mexico and Colorado. We assist our partners, Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument, Vermilion Cliffs National Monument and Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, in fulfilling their federal mandate to provide education about our public lands to the people who visit them.


PariaGrand Circle Field School’s mission is to foster stewardship of the environment through active education and research about the natural and cultural history of the Colorado Plateau. The future of our precious public lands lies in the hands of our people ~ most especially, our young people. We at GCFS believe that when we bring people of all ages to the land to experience and learn about it, they come to appreciate, understand, cherish and ultimately, take care of it. Working with government agencies to provide coordinated field education that affords visitors an unparalleled educational outdoor experience in our national parks and monuments, GCFS helps increase public awareness, appreciation and understanding of this magnificent region—thus helping to protect and preserve our public wildlands.


  1. Field school for active outdoor education including hiking and rafting trips guided by instructors of archeology, geology, biology, botany, history, art, writing and photography.
  2. Field school offering college credit for students engaged in independent studies, linking agency needs with student interests. Our highly qualified staff, the government agency and the accredited college will jointly manage academic guidance and project oversight.
  3. Work service programs provide assistance on needed projects such as archeological surveys, revegetation, trail construction and maintenance through volunteer classes, student internship and youth programs.
  4. Eco camp to provide on-site education, an ongoing research project, a launching point for expedition classes, a comfortable base camp for those who prefer a less physically demanding wilderness experience and easements to assure wildlife habitat, migration corridors and scenic views.