Grand Canyon Field Institute February Classes, Hikes & Tours


Wilderness First ResponderRecertification
February 11, 2013 to February 13, 2013

Taught by expert instructors from the Wilderness Medicine Institute (a program of the National Outdoor Leadership School), this class teaches participants the standards for urban and wilderness care situations, and emphasizes decision making and injury prevention.  Some of the topics covered include CPR, dehydration and heat-related injuries, shock, spine and head trauma, musculoskeletal injuries, wound management, environmental emergencies and common expedition problems.

Most of the instruction takes place in a classroom setting or in nearby wooded areas.  A practical exam will be conducted in a remote area of the park during a simulated rescue operation.  Free group camping throughout the event is provided for all participants, and free Wi-Fi is available at various locations in the immediate area.

This three-day skills-based class is for individuals who are current Wilderness First Responders with a valid certification through WMI, SOLO, NOLS, WMA, or WPT.  Those with expired certifications are required to take the full 80-hour Wilderness First Responder in order to recertify.


  • Special accommodations have been arranged for participants, including complimentary camping at Mather Campground.
  • Park entrance fee is waived.
  • Wi-Fi available in Grand Canyon Village.
  • General store, post office, restaurants, bank and showers may be found in Grand Canyon Village

For further information on program details, fees, and itinerary, please visit the Grand Canyon Field Institute (nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park) at

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Women’s Phantom Ranch Natural & Cultural History
February 28, 2013 to March 3, 2013

Mary Elizabeth Jane Colter, a maverick architect in a male-dominated field, planned and constructed a number of her signature structures while employed by the Fred Harvey Company and Santa Fe Railway from 1902 to 1948.  During her tenure, Colter built a tourist facility at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.  She called this quaint complex of rustic buildings in the most unlikely of settings Phantom Ranch.  This class will examine the legacy of Colter, the construction of Phantom Ranch and the long cultural history of Bright Angel Canyon, which reaches back for millennia before the arrival of the modern tourist.  Of course, no visit to the canyon floor would be complete without an overview of the amazing geology and ecology encountered throughout this journey.  This class will thus feature lively discussions on a wide variety of natural history topics.  Participants will hike down the South Kaibab Trail and ascend via the Bright Angel Trail.  Cabin, mule duffel service, and most meals at Phantom Ranch are included.


  • Day 1 – Introductions and orientation
  • Day 2 – Descend South Kaibab Trail to Phantom Ranch
  • Day 3 – Exploratory day hike near Phantom Ranch
  • Day 4 – Ascend Bright Angel Trail to the rim and wrap-up session

For further information on the hike, fees, gear list, and syllabus, please visit the

Grand Canyon Field Institute (nonprofit partner of Grand Canyon National Park) at

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