Not For Profit

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No Profit, Yet There’s So Much To Gain.

The Grandfather Mountain Stewardship Foundation is a nonprofit organization, which means that everything we do is to benefit the mountain itself and the people who visit. We strive to make Grandfather a place where people can escape the daily grind, explore natural wonders and understand the amazing world around them. Fortunately, we’re not alone in our efforts. People like you help us protect the mountain in its current state for future generations while we make visitors welcome, provide nature education and promote good stewardship.

Mission:

To inspire conservation of the natural world by helping guests explore, understand and value the wonders of Grandfather Mountain.

Vision:

To be the world’s best not-for-profit nature park by providing an excellent experience filled with the discovery and wonder of Grandfather Mountain’s vast natural resources.

Values:

Passion – Ignite wonder in our guests, volunteers, donors and employees by sharing our knowledge of and excitement for the incredible scenery and ecosystems that thrive at Grandfather Mountain.

Community -   Provide a positive, uplifting atmosphere that embraces employees, guests, volunteers, donors and partnering organizations as valuable members of a larger team.

Conservation – Continue to protect Grandfather Mountain’s remarkable natural resources, including globally imperiled flora and fauna.

Sustainability – Challenge our staff to seek out best practices to improve our organization’s environmental and economic security.

 

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  • Last summer I returned to Grandfather Mountain after a more than 40 year absence and the return trip was even more magical than the initial trip. I was able to appreciate the majestic views of nature and all it's splendor with my grown son and my mother. We spent an adventure-filled day stopping at every spot mentioned on the CD and enjoyed a great deal of time in the animal habitats, especially the bears. My son's nickname is Bear, and frankly he resembles at least one of Grandfather Mountain's bears. We went up to the top by car since the hike was a little tough for my mom, however, she and my son crossed the Mile High Swinging Bridge together while I recorded their experience. Upon their return I crossed solo and was able to appreciate the views from the bridge and mentally check "GM Mile high Bridge" off my bucket list. My hope is to be able to visit Grandfather Mountain as often as possible and during every colorful season of the year to watch Mother Nature show off one of her greatest treasures.


    Dawn
    Palm Harbor, FL
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