Our Mission:

Honoring the past and safeguarding the future of Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument through science, conservation, and education.

We achieve our mission through the following focus 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.

Education: Providing places and spaces where people can meet, exchange ideas, and learn from one another, and in so doing, collectively create the knowledge and expertise needed to advance local, national, and international interests in the Grand Staircase-Escalante region.


Our Vision:

Honor the land. Learn its lessons.

This vision serves as our roadmap for the future and provides the strategic framework for our programs and initiatives.  


Our Values:

  1. Wonder. GSENM is a place unlike anywhere else in the world. We seek to inspire curiosity and learning through our work. 
  2. Preservation. The rich cultural, geologic, historic, and biological wonders of the Monument must be preserved for posterity.  
  3. Passion. Our shared appreciation and love for this place propels our work forward. 
  4. Partnership. Our mission is only possible through collaboration.  
  5. Science. GSENM was established for its outstanding scientific value. Science belongs at the heart of Monument management and conservation – this includes Indigenous science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  6. Community. Our programs benefit local communities adjacent to GSENM.  
  7. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. GSENM belongs to all of us. We are committed to making the Monument a place where all people feel welcome and all perspectives are respected.