GRAND CANYON, Ariz. - Recreational Equipment, Inc (REI), a specialty outdoor retailer and one of the nation's largest consumer co-ops is partnering with the National Park Service (NPS) for its 2016 centennial.
Over the last year, REI took to the road with its REI Village to inspire travelers in their adventures and establish meaningful connections between the company, its members, outdoor enthusiasts and all other visitors.
On Nov. 7, REI Village will set up at Grand Canyon National Park (GCNP), from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for an event filled day.
The REI Village is essentially a traveling trailer offering games, giveaways and information. During their time at the Canyon, REI employees and NPS staff will work together to provide a memorable and informative experience for visitors.
"The REI Village is basically a traveling REI experience that has been making its way to different events in special places throughout the U.S. for the past couple of years now," said Paul Gannon, market manager for REI's Outdoor Programs and Outreach.
Gannon said a big highlight for REI is its partnership with NPS, as it heads into its centennial celebrations.
"Having NPS present at the REI Village and engaging in those meaningful interactions with park visitors and REI helping to enable that is just a really exciting opportunity for us," he said.
During the REI Village's visit at the South Rim, the Village will offer many different opportunities, events and giveaways both in and around the trailer. One special activity will be the NPS activation booth where visitors can post memorable experiences they have had from parks throughout the U.S. Park rangers will be available to talk to visitors and share about the upcoming centennial.
Grand Canyon is the second National Park the REI Village has visited. In August, the Village stopped at Yosemite.
A recent press release from REI stated that REI was partnering with NPS as the Official Outdoor Retailer for the National Park Centennial celebration.
According to the release, REI is donating 10 percent of the retail price for each REI Adventures' national park trip to the National Park Foundation through 2016.
Currently REI offers Signature Camp itineraries and said its Adventure trips offer more than 45 trips to national parks. In addition to Zion and Bryce, REI recently added eight new trips for solo travelers, couples, friends and families in Arches, Canyonlands, Capitol Reef, Grand Canyon, Great Smoky Mountains, Rocky Mountain and Yosemite national parks.
The Arizona trip features an eight-day hiking and kayaking trip that kicks off with two days in the Grand Canyon.
According to the REI website, REI is a growing community of 5.5 million active members. The company has 142 stores in 34 states and offers online shopping at REI.com. REI also has several programs including REI Adventures that runs over 150 custom-designed itineraries on every continent and REI's Outdoor School. REI invests millions annually in hundreds of local and national nonprofits that create access to and steward ship toward outdoor places. More information is available at REI.com/village.