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
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 participating in scientific inquiry and historical investigation, as well as advocating for the inclusion of Indigenous knowledge in land management decision-making. Our science-based initiatives include working with our conservation partners to conduct climate change research, developing a holistic Science and Monitoring plan for the Monument and conducting advocacy work and media campaigns aimed at raising awareness and inspiring action to the protect 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. We work on the ground with conservation organizations, government agencies, and volunteers to repair and restore the Escalante River watershed, as well as prevent and mitigate damage at cultural and ecological sites.
Education: Providing in-person and virtual learning environments in which people can engage with Monument topics, and practice critical thinking, as well as exchange ideas, and learn from one another, thereby fostering the connection and understanding needed to support the Monument’s long term well-being and respect ancestral lands. An important component of our educational work is deepening our collective understanding of Indigenous communities’ connections to the landscape and expanding a critical awareness of historical and contemporary forces shaping Indigenous access to ancestral lands.