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Zion Natural History Association, its component Zion Canyon Field Institute, and Zion National Park Foundation, are now combined under one name: Zion Natl Park Forever Project. Our new identity and this fresh initiative were rolled out in a special launch event in Springdale, Utah, in May, followed by two subsequent events in St. George, Utah, … Continued

Making a Difference for Zion

NOTE: This message was delivered by Lyman Hafen, Executive Director of the Zion Natl Park Forever Project, at launch events held in Springdale, St. George and Salt Lake City, Utah in May & June of 2017. By Lyman Hafen Most weekday mornings I routinely leave my house in Santa Clara, Utah, and set off into … Continued

Public Comments Welcomed Until Aug. 14

Zion National Park has released preliminary alternative concepts regarding visitor use management. The alternatives are intended to address the unacceptable impacts to Park resources, and the quality of visitor experience associated with the unsustainable growth in visitation. The public is encouraged to comment on these alternative concepts during the comment period beginning July 17, 2017 … Continued

ZNHA Becomes Zion Natl Park Forever Project

Three events hosted throughout the state in celebration of new era for Zion National Park SPRINGDALE, UTAH – After more than eight decades, the official nonprofit partner of Zion National Park, Zion National History Association (ZNHA) unveiled its new brand and name, Zion Natl Park Forever Project. This historic announcement launches a new era of … Continued

2017 Plein Air Invitational Artists Announced

Featured Painting: “Eternal Majesty,” by James McGrew (30″x40″ oil) Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation have finalized the dates, event locations and artists for the 2017 Plein Air Art Invitational. The week-long event starts on Monday November 6, 2017 and culminates on Saturday November 11, 2017 with the “Art-In-The-Park” Paint Out and … Continued


Over 4 Million “Found Their Park” in Zion Last Year By Lyman Hafen, Executive Director – Just about every record in the book was broken in Zion National Park in 2016. For the first time ever, the park’s total visitation topped 4 million (4,317,028, to be exact), and for the first time, retail sales through ZNHA … Continued


(continued from previous page) We randomly polled 302 attendees at the activities and learned that 45 percent were from Utah (with 19 percent local residents), 50 percent were from outside Utah (representing nearly every state across the country), and 5 percent were from outside the US. Of the total, 61 percent came specifically for the plein … Continued


INTRODUCING MARK PREISS – Pioneering a New Era for Zion’s Official Nonprofit Partner Mark Preiss has joined the management team of Zion Natural History Association as director of the Zion National Park Foundation, the development arm of ZNHA. He brings many years of practice and success in nonprofit, public-private partnership, with particular experience in building … Continued

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