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Morning Light-Kolob Canyon by George Handrahan

Come one come all! Visitors and artists are welcome to the 6th Annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational to be held November 3-9, 2014.

See the 2014 list of artists here.

Visitors coming to the park during this most beautiful time of year, November 3 - 9, have the added dimension of seeing nationally known artists painting throughout the park. Each artist will give a free demonstration scheduled from Monday through Friday.

Click here to print a pdf schedule of events.

Proceeds from this event benefit Zion’s award winning youth education programs. Painting to the right, "Morning Light - Kolob Canyon" by artist George Handrahan. Painting below, "Sunset Ranch" by artist Suze Woolf.

Plan now to attend for a life enriching experience.

Click here to read about the 2012 Zion Plein Air Event.

Click here to print a schedule of events.

Click here to read Lyman Hafen's great article "Art and the Story of Zion"

Suze Woolf Painting of Zion National Park



Check out our newest t-shirt and hat! Made in the U. S. A., these top quality products have a great design that make wearing Zion a true fashion statement. Great for gifts or for sporting your own reminder of wonderful experiences during visits to the park.

Click here for the t-shirt.
Click here for the hat.



Zion Canyon Field Institute is offering 55 scheduled classes in 2014. There are three new classes; Zion Canyon’s Cottonwood Trees and the CCC, High Country Mammals, and Crepuscular Mammals. We have also fine-tuned our Narrows’ offerings to Wednesdays only. We did this because Wednesday is one of the slowest days of visitation in the Park.
We are once again offering Great Basin National Park Exploratory that was offered for the first time last year. This class was a big hit with all the first time attendees. Here’s a quote from one of the participants, “Thank you for such a fabulous trip!  I think Great Basin is my new favorite park!  We had a 10 day roadtrip and everyone in my family thought the highlight of the trip was the time spent with you, Ben and Walt on our hikes.”
Again this year the Fern and J.L. Crawford Lecture Series is a collaboration with the Division of Resource Management in Zion and is made possible by a generous grant from the National Park Foundation. As always these lectures are free and open to the public, and occur at the Canyon Community Center (126 Lion Blvd) in Springdale. All lectures start @ 7:30 pm. The following lectures are already scheduled with more to come.

January 17
Dr. Alan Titus - All the Bells and Whistles: Late Cretaceous Horned Dinosaurs
February 13
Lori Rome - Mountain Lions on the Colorado Plateau
April 17
Gary Oye - America’s Wilderness:Celebrating 50 Years of Conservation

So pick a class or a free lecture and join us. If your visit to Zion does not coincide with a scheduled class please inquire about our “Custom Explore Zion” program. Enjoy a half day or full day guided activity with one of our knowledgeable naturalist/guides. Call 435 772 3264 or email ZCFI director Michael Plyler @ plyler.zcfi@yahoo.com. We hope to take you hiking in our classroom soon.

To see the complete 2014 Calendar of Classes click here.

Field Institute participants can expect their workshop to be led by an expert in the field of instruction as well as limited class sizes. Come an immerse yourself in the beauty of Zion National Park and the surrounding area. Call 435-772-3264 for a list of classes available for 2014 or visit our website at www.zionpark.org.


Zion Adventure GuideWINNER 2011 APPL Award
Our Best Trip Planning Publication: Zion Adventure Guide

by Greer Chesher

Zion Adventure Guide: Exploring Zion National Park, has been three years in the making and is the first complete guide to the park available. The 160-page book,with nearly 200 photographs and 25 maps.

   Written by awarding winning author and former Zion ranger Greer Chesher, the book is the ultimate “Everything you ever wanted to know about visiting Zion National Park,” publication. Springdale graphic artist Sandy Bell has designed the book with original maps, as well as charts, diagrams, illustrations, and some of the most outstanding photography of the park available.
   This information-packed guide is the ideal trip planner for the first-time visitor and a valuable resource for return visitors to the park. It includes detailed maps, trail guides, things to see and do, reservation information, hiking and backpacking tips, a guide to the Zion Shuttle System, and the answer to just about every imaginable question a visitor might have. The trail information includes “explorer logs” filled with interpretive information on geology, plants, animals, and human history - connecting landscape with story to enhance the visitor’s experience in one of America’s most beloved national parks. Order here.

Kolob Morning by Artist Brad Holt

Painting above: Kolob Morning by Brad Holt, oil, 18 x 24

Generous Sponsors of the Zion Plein Air Event


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The National Parks: America's Best Idea
by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan

The National Parks: America's Best Idea is the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. As such, it follows in the tradition of Burns's exploration of other American inventions, such as baseball and jazz.You can buy your DVD set of this spectacular series and benefit Zion National Park at the same time. Also available 'The National Parks:America's Best Idea' hard cover book. Member discounts apply.

Donations to Honor, Celebrate or MemorializeCliffs of Zion at Sunrise
Many people wish to make donations to Zion National Park for a variety of reasons besides their love of the park. Some want to honor the achievements of someone they know. Others find a donation makes a great gift for birthdays, holidays or weddings for those friends and family members that already have enough ‘stuff’. Oft times, a donation is made as a tangible memorial for a highly respected colleague or loved one who has passed away.
We hope you will consider the Zion National Park Foundation during these occasions. The retail operations of ZNHA fund the overhead of the Foundation, making it possible for more than 90 percent of Foundation-generated funds to go directly to important projects in Zion National Park.

You can request that a beautiful card be sent as an indication of your gift.
To make arrangements, call Tracy Jones at 435-772-3264 or Contact Tracy by email

See the Temples and Towers through Zion's Webcam
Enjoy the view anytime! Click here.

Guided Hiking in Zion
See Zion up close and personal with a ZCFI Naturalist-Guided Hike. Choose from 15 different hikes in 2011 including the Zion Narrows hike and the exciting Rim to Floor hike.

Check Out Zion National Park's New eHike!
As the first in a series, the park has introduced a breathtaking virtual hike of Angels Landing. You may view it here.
After a large but quick download you will be treated to spectacular scenes from the hike. Be sure to click on all the little extras. They are well worth viewing. For Angels Landing hiking information see the publication available from ZNHA here.

Zion Trip Planning PackagePlan Your Visit-Zion Utah Travel Planning Kit
Our special Zion information Trip Planner provides everything you need to plan your Zion Canyon adventure, including hand-picked books, maps, and guides. Order now online

Become Involved in the Future of Zion National Park!
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Located at the visitors center in Zion National Park, The Zion Natural History Association (ZNHA) partners with the National Park Service to enhance your experience in Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring National Monuments before, during, and after your visit.

Zion National Park Junior Ranger ProgramZNHA's bookstores offer a wealth of interpretive resources, while our Field Institute and popular Junior Ranger Programs provide hands-on learning experiences. Your membership in ZNHA along with your purchases and donations provide thousands of dollars each year to sustain these programs. Join us in our newest fund-raising effort to promote children's programs in the park. Generous contributors to the Zion National Park Foundation have helped make a difference in Zion National Park.

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2013 Summer Map and Guide
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Wildflower Field Classes
Giant Condors Photographed in Zion
ZCFI Lecture Series 2012-2013

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About Cedar Breaks National Monument
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National Junior Ranger Day
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