#GivingTuesday – Charity Has a Day Too

This November 29th join the movement and give a donation.

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season when many focus on holiday and end-of-year giving. This year please consider giving to the Zion National Park Foundation. You can choose to earmark your donation to support the Youth Education Initiative, the Trail Fund, Special Projects, or Search & Rescue and Emergency Medical Service Teams in Zion National Park.

Generous donations on #GivingTuesday will support Youth Education Initiative programs including:

  • Jr. Ranger – gives children visiting the park an opportunity to discover nature on a self-guided nature experience to complete an activity booklet, become a Junior Ranger and earn a Jr. Ranger badge.
  • Parks as Classrooms – brings local school children, many of which have never experienced nature or the wilderness, into the park for a meaningful connection to park resources .
  • Outreach – park rangers visit schools in surrounding communities and conduct curriculum-based programs for third, fourth, and fifth grade students.
  • Traveling Trunks – helps students in classrooms explore the ancient environments of Utah during the Mesozoic Era.
  • Concrete to Canyons – brings underprivileged, inner city kids to visit Zion National Park; some of them for the first time.

The future of our national parks is in the hands of today’s youth. Meaningful park experiences today lead to successful park stewards tomorrow. The Zion National Park Foundation hopes you will give generously on #GivingTuesday to ensure the future success of important educational programs in Zion National Park.

Generous donations on #GivingTuesday will support the Zion National Park Trail Fund.

The Zion National Park Trail Fund is currently receiving donations for the Emerald Pools Trail Rehabilitation Project.

In 2010, it rained for 8 consecutive days causing massive landslides on the Middle Emerald Pools Trail which has caused the trail to remain closed since that time due to concern for visitor safety. This project will fix and re-route sections of the trail in order to provide visitors greater access to the Middle and Upper Emerald Pools along this historically significant trail. The project will fund the repairs for two sections of trail on the existing Middle Emerald Pools Trail as well as re-route approximately one mile of trail.

The Zion National Park Foundation hopes you will give generously on #GivingTuesday to ensure the Emerald Pools Trail is restored.

Generous donations on #GivingTuesday will support Special Projects in your national parks.

Zion National Park Foundation supports not only Zion, but Cedar Breaks National Monument and Pipe Spring National Monument. Each park has its own unique challenges and exclusive projects to fund. Special needs in each park are determined by the respective park superintendent.

Projects at Pipe Spring National Monument include studying and preserving landmarks including telegraph poles, Windsor Castle and other historic structures.

Cedar Breaks National Monument requires additional funding to expand and improve trails, facilities and destinations which are ADA-compliant.

In Zion, special projects have included such initiatives as the restoration of the historic Grotto Museum building which was the first visitor center in the park in the 1920’s. It is now used as housing for the Artist in Residence Program.

The Zion National Park Foundation hopes you will give generously on #GivingTuesday to ensure special projects receive needed funds.

Generous donations on #GivingTuesday to Search and Rescue will help support and maintain emergency services provided by Zion National Park Search and Rescue & Emergency Medical Service Teams.

Emergency Medical Service Teams respond to over 450 medical and physical injury incidents and over 90 significant Search and Rescue incidents each year. As a result of your support, Zion can continue to recruit and retain the highest quality medical and rescue personnel available in the National Park Service and provide the best service and high quality medical care to park visitors. Generous donations are also used to support advanced technical rope rescue training for the Zion Search and Rescue team.

The Zion National Park Foundation hopes you will give generously on #GivingTuesday to ensure the Search and Rescue program receives necessary funds to maintain high quality services – it could be a matter of life or death.