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 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, as well as conducting advocacy work and media campaigns 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. 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 places and spaces (virtual and in-person) where people can meet, exchange ideas, and learn from one another, and in so doing, collectively create the knowledge and expertise needed to create more support for Monument protections and respectful visitation, as well as deepen our collective understanding of Indigenous communities and their connection to the landscape.


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. Grand Staircase is a place unlike anywhere 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 all that we do.
  4. Partnership. Our mission is only possible through collaboration.
  5. Science. Science belongs at the heart of Monument management and conservation, including Indigenous science and Traditional Ecological Knowledge.
  6. Community. As the only conservation organization headquartered in Monument communities, our programs strive to benefit local residents.
  7. Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion. We are committed to making the Monument a place that is respected as the ancestral home of the Indigenous communities who have been here since time immemorial. We are also committed to ensuring that the Monument is a place where all people feel welcome and all perspectives are respected.

Mission Statement