Hatch River Expeditions Teams Up with Grand Canyon Youth to Provide Trip of a Lifetime for Aspiring Art Students

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Hatch River Expeditions sponsors eight day “Grand Inspiration” Colorado River rafting trip for group of area teens.

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Youth enjoy a Colorado River rafting trip down the Grand Canyon.

Grand Canyon Youth is a great program that we want to be a part of in any way we can,” said Steve Hatch, owner of Hatch River Expeditions.

The Grand Canyon has inspired countless artists. Writers, painters, and photographers flock to the area each year in search of unleashing their inner muse. This past July, a group of aspiring area art students were able to spend eight days on one of Grand Canyon Youth’s Grand Canyon river tours. Eager students experienced the breathtaking outdoor environment and sharpened their artistic expression as participants in the “Grand Inspiration” workshop.

Led by Steve Hatch, owner of Hatch River Expeditions, a group of 24 students, staff, and local artists, launched out from Lees Ferry on their way to Diamond Creek.

The eight-day Grand Inspiration workshop is designed to help facilitate the creative process by immersing students in the natural beauty of the Grand Canyon and Colorado River. To qualify for the Colorado River rafting trip, students were required to submit a piece of writing or art. Art experience was not required, but students had to demonstrate an appreciation and interest in artistic expression.

Students were also able to spend time with Grand Canyon experts, including professional photographers and local artists. In addition to enjoying the awe-inspiring views, students recorded their thoughts and created original art pieces through mediums such as photography, short stories, and drawings. They then shared their art with visitors of the South Rim at the conclusion of the trip.

In addition to strengthening their artistic skill sets, participants, all aged between 15-19, were able to engage in activities fostering environmental awareness, teamwork, and community.

“Grand Canyon Youth is a great program that we want to be a part of in any way we can,” said Steve Hatch, owner of Hatch River Expeditions. “An amazing group of kids always come out, and the staff and guides all just have a great time with these kids.”

About Hatch River Expeditions: With roots tracing back to 1929, Hatch River Expeditions holds the distinction of being the first white water rafting company, and is still going strong decades later. Owned and operated by third generation white water professional Steve Hatch, the organization specializes in Grand Canyon river tours including motorized, oar-powered, kayak, hiking-focused, and private charters.

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Pamela Ravenwood
Hatch River Expeditions
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