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

A Call for Artists!

Download this message as a printable PDF Zion National Park and the Zion National Park Foundation Are Seeking Applicants for the 9th Annual Plein Air Art Invitational SPRINGDALE, UT – Artist applications for the 2017 Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational are available beginning January 2, 2017. Zion National Park and the Zion National … Continued


The Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational, November 6-12, 2017 By Lyman Hafen, Executive Director For hundreds of years people have been trying to communicate what Zion Canyon means to them with symbols on rock, words on paper, and images on canvas.  The early explorers and scientists did a remarkable job of recording in prose … Continued

#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 … Continued

“Elementary, my dear Watson”

If Sherlock Holmes were an observer of the Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational, he might likely say, “Elementary, my dear Watson.” But, if he could see the  essential part Miriam Watson plays behind the scenes of the annual event, he would likely retract the statement. We visited with her about her role as Museum … Continued

SEEING IT FOR THE FIRST TIME, AGAIN Plein Air Art… Centennial Edition

Schedule of Plein Air Events | 2016 Invited Artists | Featured Artist: John Cogan By Lyman Hafen, Executive Director Every day multitudes of people see Zion National Park for the first time.  Their heads tilt reverently back and their gleaming eyes trace the towers of Kayenta and Navajo sandstone from the Virgin River’s edge up … Continued


How will you celebrate the Centennial of the National Park Service? During the summer of, 1916, Congress approved a bill to create a National Park Service and forwarded it for signature to President Woodrow Wilson. On August 25, President Wilson signed the bill, and finally, the nation’s national parks and monuments had a federal bureau … Continued


THANKS TO ALL WHO VOTED On July 6, Zion Natural History Association and its fundraising arm, the Zion National Park Foundation, received official notification of a $201,000 grant provided by American Express and the National Trust for Historic Preservation. We qualified for the grant as one of the top nine most voted for parks in … Continued

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