Not For Profit

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. To learn more, please see our most recent annual report.


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


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.


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.

Our Code of Ethics:

We uphold the following core values in our work. They represent what we believe in, what we stand for and how we approach everything we do.

The following statements drive the way we conduct our operations and interact with others:

  • We uphold the highest standards of honesty and integrity.
  • We are responsible, transparent and accountable for our actions.
  • We treat our employees with respect, fairness and good faith and provide conditions of employment that safeguard employee rights and welfare.
  • We are careful stewards of all human, natural and financial resources. This means we use carefully the time and talents of our staff, volunteers, board and stakeholders. We are environmentally responsible, and we spend wisely the funds invested in us.
  • We provide the highest quality experiences and educational opportunities to all who visit Grandfather Mountain, striving to connect all our visitors to the natural world through a fulfilling experience that leads to live long environmental stewardship.
  • Safety is a primary concern, and we ensure that our facilities, outdoor areas and trails are well maintained.
  • We avoid conflicts of interest.
  • We are accountable to our donors. We view our donors as trusted partners and provide transparency related to our financial transactions and the use of philanthropic gifts, and we maintain confidentiality.
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  • I visited Grandfather Mountain with my 3 daughters. We had a wonderful time. The staff was very friendly. The young man who was providing enrichment for the animals was especially knowledgeable and patient as my children asked lots of questions. My daughter asked to adopt "Jane" as a result of our visit and the information she received. Grandfather is a beautiful place and we thoroughly enjoyed our visit.
    Gibsonville, NC
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