We have always taken pride in our level of concern and commitment to the natural surroundings and the local people we encounter on our travels.
By training both our tour leaders and travellers on the philosophy of 'leave no trace', constantly reviewing operational processes, and working with locals to give something back to the communities we come into contact with; we endeavour to operate tours that create a positive impact on the lands we visit and a lasting impression for those who travel with us. As a company we support responsible charities and organisations wherever we can.
Supporting the National Park Centenary with Tourism Cares
2016 marks the 100th birthday of the National Parks Service (NPS) who help to look after and preserve over 400 national parks in the USA. To show our commitment and passion for the national parks, we are working with Tourism Cares to support its work with the National Park Foundation, by donating $2 for every national park traveller in 2016. These funds will be used to support volunteer projects and grants to preserve the national parks, for the millions of current and future visitors.
Bay Area Wilderness Training
Grand American Adventures is proud to support Bay Area Wilderness Training (BAWT); a project of Earth Island Institute. Based in Oakland, California, their work helps to give access to outdoor adventures to disadvantaged young people, who may never otherwise leave the city. BAWT promotes the wise use of national, state and regional parks in Western USA as locations to provide training and support to youth workers in their local area. Each passenger booking with Grand American Adventures has the option to donate £1/US$1/_1 to support this well-deserved charity, and Grand American Adventures will match this donation
American Hiking Society
Additionally, Grand American Adventures is a proud supporter of the American Hiking Society. Established in 1976, the society is the only national voice for hikers - dedicated to promoting and protecting America's hiking trails, their surrounding natural areas and the hiking experience. The society represents millions of hikers who are committed to preserving beautiful hiking trails and the surrounding environment as an important legacy for future generations. For additional information, or to make a donation, please visit www.americanhiking.org
Tour Leader Training
Our Operations Department have produced guidelines on Responsible Travel that are incorporated into all training materials and reviewed on a regular basis. Issues addressed include water conservation, waste disposal, minimizing campfire impact and respect for the local peoples.
> Read our Guidelines
Working With Locals
The vast majority of our itineraries are led by local guides using local suppliers for transportation, accommodation and activities. Food is usually purchased and prepared locally, without the waste and energy needed for restaurant meals. We also contribute to local charities and projects as founding members of Tourism Cares for Tomorrow.
We have produced a Grand American Adventures Travellers' Code of Conduct to help prepare and inform our travellers of the various positive or negative effects they could have on a destination. Tips on everything from how to handle wildlife encounters, to how you can help school children in Mexico are included.
> Read our Code of Conduct
If you want to reduce your carbon footprint log on to www.nativeenergy.com to find out how. Money raised by Native Energy supports local grass roots projects that aim to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and support local communities, for example they've helped a remote Alaskan village develop three wind turbines that replace polluting diesel generators.
Looking To The Future
The development of a responsible tourism policy is an ongoing process. There is always room for improvement, and we look forward to tackling issues such as office based conservation, recycling on the road and the reduction of printed materials. The future of rewarding travel and tourism depends on the protection and preservation of the destinations visited. We have come a long way over the years, but there is still a long way to go. As they say, a journey of 1000 miles begins with just one step, and we endeavour to address any obstacles or opportunities along the way.