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Zion Natural History Association

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Causes: Environment

Mission: Zion national park preserves some of the most sacred and important canyon country in the world, and has been a sanctuary for 10,000 years. It is the sacred center of a cultural landscape that connects north to cedar breaks and south to pipe spring national monuments, east and west to color country public lands managed by the bureau of land management, and south to the arizona strip and the shivwits plateau. The zion natl park forever project believes these sacred and significant landscapes and resources do not take care of themselves, and in order to prosper and remain vital, they must have a community of supporters reflecting all walks of life, experience and circumstance who care deeply for their future. The zion forever project engages in collaborative efforts with federal agencies, gateway communities, and visitors to create connections to the greater zion landscape that lead to lifelong stewardship. By establishing business and agency partnerships, encouraging collaborative innova

Programs: The zion forever project works to raise awareness of park needs by increasing the public profile of the forever project, thereby increasing fundraising and securing resources for the park, and its agency partners. The zion forever project was launched through three gateway public events in springdale, st. George and salt lake city in may and june of 2017. A field guide to the park's highest project priorities was published and distributed across key markets as a new engagement and fundraising tool. The zion forever project rebranded its six park stores located in zion national park, cedar breaks and pipe spring national monuments, providing a unified presence to more effectively connect and engage visitors through accurate educational and interpretive support including books, maps, outdoor gear, safety equipment, educational games and souvenirs. Sales supported education, research and preservation initiatives in the parks. The zion forever project directly funded zion, cedar breaks and pipe spring's three-park education initiative including junior ranger, nature center and night skies programs, curriculum-based park ranger classroom visits to schools, transportation grants to local school districts, direct outreach to title i school students in las vegas through "concrete to canyons,- and preserving cultural connections as part of the kwiyumuntsi paiute tribal youth camp project. The zion forever project funded twenty seasonal interpretive rangers and more than twenty internships to provide these programs across zion national park, cedar breaks and pipe spring national monuments. The parks curriculum-based efforts reached 62 schools, providing 179 programs for 5,466 students. The park gave 295 junior ranger programs to 4,781 children and their families. The jr. Ranger handbook was also distributed to more than 40,000 new junior rangers. Zfp funded in-park education opportunities across the trail system engaging more than 21,715 visitors. In total, zfp support enabled its three park's to connect with more than 100,000 k-12 children, families, teachers, and park visitors in 2017. The zion forever project funded the park newspapers and wilderness guides, handed out by park rangers, reaching more than 1 million visitors in seven languages in 2017. The zion forever project set aside 180,000 to produce a new park film for zion national park. The current film is seventeen years old, with orientation, safety and stewardship messaging that is outdated. The new film will reach hundreds of thousands of visitors annually and be available on the park and forever project websites and available in the forever stores.

the zion forever project provided field courses to 537 participants across the three-parks. Led by park subject matter experts, the 1-3 day courses provide visitors a deeper connection to park resources. The forever project also produces an annual lecture series featuring leading voices in conservation, and engaged more than 485 people through 10 events. Together, these programs provided 3,454 contact hours for park visitors, equating to 3. 32 seasonal interpretation rangers in 2017. The zion forever project coordinated the park's annual plein air invitational, held november 6-12, featuring 24 artists across mediums, offering daily public field demonstrations, lectures, and live paint events. This signature fundraising event helps to fund the park's education and museum programs.

the zion forever project serves as the park's publishing arm, producing and curating select publications per park request and collaboration - featuring the park's natural, cultural resources and human interest stories. New titles include: "cedar breaks: beauty beyond telling,- and "mukuntuweap: landscape and story in zion canyon. " these publications provide visitors with meaningful content, deepening their connection and understanding of the park and would not be available to the general public if not for the zion forever project.

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