Post-APGA Conference Tour to the Grand Canyon

May 25-26, 2013

This tour is not offered through the American Public Garden Association. All arrangements for attendees will be made directly with Affinity Group Tours. 

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the great wonders of the world! But this isn’t just any trip to a National Park… as participants of the APGA Conference you will enjoy commentary by plant experts – from the Desert Botanical Garden (DBG) as well as for the National Park Service (NPS). 

Upon arrival, you will have lunch and then you can choose to participate in any of the following activities:

  • Wendy Hodgson, Herbarium Curator & Research Botanist at DBG will guide for a 1.5-mile hike down South Kaibab Trail, giving you a glimpse into the diversity of the inner canyon.
  • Lori Makarick, NPS Vegetation Program Manager, will lead a Botanical Journey along the South Rim. She will be accompanied by Horticulturist Jan Busco, and together they will unveil the canyon’s great botanical diversity and introduce you to the forest and woodland plants.
  • NPS Geologist, Allyson Mathis, will share the long history of the canyon and its amazing geological make-up during a walk along the new Trail of Time.
  • There will be two opportunities to view the amazing collection at the NPS Museum with Curator, Colleen Hyde (1:00pm and 3:00pm)

Nothing compares to watching the sun rise over the Canyon for breathtaking vistas that continually change color. Following a relaxing breakfast, we depart Grand Canyon Village driving east along the rim, stopping at the Desert View Watchtower for a different perspective of the Canyon. Traveling east we are treated to exquisite views of the Little Colorado Canyon on the Navajo Reservation, which adjoins the Park. After an included lunch at the historic Cameron Trading Post, we head south to the Hyatt Regency Scottsdale, arriving ~5:00pm.

Tour Rate:
$369/person, double occupancy
$469/person, single occupancy

Round-trip transportation in a deluxe motor coach with a professional driver, admission to the National Park, overnight accommodations at the South Rim, 2 lunches, 1 breakfast, and chilled bottled water and snacks on board the coach. You will be accompanied by a Botanical Expert and Tour Manager.

Optional activities, meals not mentioned, personal expenses and gratuities

Registration requires a $100 deposit, and balance due March 25, 2013

Deposit will be refunded if cancellation is received in writing 90 days prior to date of departure. After February 25, $100 deposit is non-refundable; after March 25, 50% penalty ($184); after April 25, 100% penalty.


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