Upcoming Events

Tutored by the Land: a Writing Workshop with Stephen Trimble

Saturday, May 15, 2021

6:00 PM Mountain Daylight Time

Description: Connect with Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through this creative writing workshop hosted by Grand Staircase Escalante Partners.

In this workshop, Steve will take us through the basics of creative non-fiction. He’ll describe the combination of journaling, research, and interviews that leads to rich content. And he’ll emphasize the key elements of strong writing and self-editing. As writing teacher Paula LaRocque says, his goal is to make your writing “clear, brief, precise, purposeful, warm, and interesting.” Participants will engage a couple brief writing exercises and have an opportunity to share their words with fellow writers in the workshop, as well as leave the workshop with additional prompts to keep you writing.

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Thursday, May 20, 2021 | Time TBD.

Herpetology in the Grand Staircase National Monument: Lessons Learned and Future Directions. Dr. William Heyborne is a native of Kanab, Utah, and an alumnus of Southern Utah University. With research interests in the diversity of living things,

Dr. Heyborne obtained a master’s degree in entomology from Oregon State University, and PhD in biology (studying the chemical ecology of venomous snakes) from the University of Northern Colorado. With research interests spanning biological pedagogy to reptile and amphibian natural history, Dr. Heyborne regularly works with undergraduates on collaborative projects. He and his students are currently examining the effect of invasive exotic turtles in the Virgin River and the effect of pinyon/juniper management on reptile and amphibian communities.

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Our Focus

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is a nonprofit 501 (c)(3) organization founded in 2004 to protect and preserve Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument.  We are committed to:

Promoting science, conservation, and education on the Monument

Increasing public awareness and understanding of the Monument

Providing resources to support the Monument’s scientific, interpretive and educational programs

Expanding our membership so we represent a diverse constituency that supports the Monument

Our Programs

We achieve our mission through the following program areas:

Science: Expanding our knowledge and understanding of the natural wonders, biodiversity, and unique ecosystems with which this landscape is endowed by actively supporting and participating in scientific and historical investigation. This includes conducting climate change research as well as launching a climate change mitigation campaign aimed at raising awareness and inspiring action related to the protection of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and all public lands.

Conservation: Ensuring that Grand Staircase-Escalante’s assets —culture, ecology, history, recreation, and science—are recognized, sustained, and enhanced for posterity through collaborative on-the-ground restoration work and invasive species removal.

Education: Providing places and spaces where adults and youth can meet, exchange ideas, and participate in learning activities, resulting in the building of knowledge and expertise needed to advance local, national, and international interests in the Grand Staircase-Escalante region.

Our Monument

For science

Even today, this unspoiled natural area remains a frontier, a quality that greatly enhances Grand Staircase’s value for scientific study and presents unique opportunities for geologists, paleontologists, archaeologists, historians, and biologists.

For history

These nearly two million acres were designated as a national monument on September 18, 1996, by President Bill Clinton. Grand Staircase is administered by the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), and in 2000, became the first unit of BLM’s National Landscape Conservation System.

Since time immemorial, Native American people have inhabited, crossed, lived on, and been stewards of the lands that make up what we now know as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument. The Hopi, Zuni, Dine/Navajo, San Juan Southern Paiute, Kaibab Paiute, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Acoma nations have deep connections to the Grand Staircase region.

The Monument is home to countless Native American cultural sites, western pioneer history, and the greatest diversity of dinosaur fossils found anywhere on Earth.


For all.

Grand Staircase Escalante Partners is committed to fostering an equitable and inclusive environment in our workplace and across GSENM. We recognize the complex and difficult histories that have shaped American public lands, from dispossession of Native lands and forced removal of indigenous communities to create public lands and parks, to the ongoing exclusion of people of color from conservation and preservation movements. We acknowledge that the area known as Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument and its surrounding areas are the ancestral land and historical territory of the Hopi, Zuni, Dine/Navajo, San Juan Southern Paiute, Kaibab Paiute, Ute, Ute Mountain Ute, and Acoma nations.

As we carry out our work in conservation and education, we strive to ensure that:

  • Indigenous history and diverse perspectives are elevated in the story of GSENM.
  • We empower communities that have been marginalized and have not historically benefitted from our public lands.
  • We lead the transformation of GSENM to make it a place where all people not only have equal access to, but also feel safe and welcome to connect with the land, learn, visit and recreate.
  • Our organization operates inclusively and equitably, both internally and in broader relations with other organizations and individuals.

We are on a journey to transform our work–to foster diversity through equitable actions that create a just and inclusive environment, within and beyond our organization. Learn more about how we are integrating justice, equity, and inclusion into our work.