This Academy adventure program is centered around one of Planet Earth's Natural Wonders of the World! The Grand Canyon is a marvel of geological mysteries and a multitude of dramatic layers and depth. On this rugged southwest adventure, we will hike within the canyon walls of this unique and majestic formation, raft its waters, and learn the story of the Glen Canyon Dam. On our way through northern Arizona, we'll spend a few nights camping, swimming and sliding in the red rock oasis of Slide Rock State Park! This is the perfect landscape for warm-up hikes and refreshing swims in the Arizona heat and will allow us to gain the skills and confidence for our upcoming trek and river adventure in the Grand Canyon! After a layover day in the Sedona area, we will pack up and head towards the South Rim of the Grand Canyon. From this perch, we will take early morning hikes down into the depths of the canyon to get a sense of its size and allure, and spend evenings cooking around a fire and watching IMAX films. Next, we will head to Lee's Ferry where the rest of our adventure will begin. Here well will meet Grand Canyon Youth who will be our guides and gurus on the river. After motoring up river from Lee's Ferry to the Glen Canyon Dam, we will float back downstream on a double overnight self-support river adventure. Our GCY Guides will share the history of the Dam and its ecological impacts. When we aren't paddling the calm cool waters, we will be swimming and strolling the beaches along the winding shores. We will even go on a few side hikes to ancient ruins and petroglyphs that tell the stories of the natives who used to live within the canyon walls. Join us, as we dive in 'expedition style' to learn more about this massive and immersive natural wonder of planet earth!