The Glen Canyon Natural History Association is making several changes this autumn. The most noticeable change is that they have changed their name to Glen Canyon Conservancy.
The name change is meant to signify the organization’s emphasis on protection and conservation of the Glen Canyon region’s public lands, said Martin Stamat, Glen Canyon Conservancy’s Executive Director.
“The new title better embodies our mission statement,” said Stamat.
Another high-profile change for the organization is the addition of a flagship store along Lake Powell Boulevard, located next door to the Powell Museum and Visitor Center. The Glen Canyon Conservancy (GCC) soft-opened its store a couple months ago, but it will hold its official grand opening this weekend during the Balloon Regatta.
The organization has their offices in the rear of the building.
Inside the new store, visitors will find several items for sale related to GCC’s mission statement. They have maps, guidebooks, narrative books, children’s books, t-shirts, mugs and souvenirs.
They have also added coffee.
“It won’t be, and isn’t meant to be, a full coffee bar,” said Stamat. “We won’t have iced drinks, or frothy drinks, just drip coffee. But it’s good coffee. Adding coffee to the many things we already offer will be a great fit for us. I think nothing goes better with a good book than coffee.”
The Glen Canyon Conservancy’s new store is also the new home of the famous 3D topographical map of the Colorado Plateau, considered by many to be a local treasure. The map was recently cleaned and refurbished by Pat Talbott, with a stand and railing built by Page Steel.
Hikers will also be happy to learn that the flagship store also carries 7.5 topo maps, something that went away under the direction GCC’s previous director.
“That was one of the items people requested most,” said Stamat. “It’s especially popular with backcountry hikers and elk hunters. It’s a great tool for zooming in on the detail of the land. We carry a lot of guidebooks but none of them have the specificity as a 7.5 map.”
The Glen Canyon Conservancy’s new store is located at 12 North Lake Powell Boulevard.