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

Zion Nature Center Youth Programs

Sounds of laughter fill the building. A ranger sits in front of a large group of excited children. The children squirm with anticipation, their eager face’s lighting up when told they are going on a dinosaur scavenger hunt. Parents, tired from the heat of the day smile at the inexhaustible excitement of the children. A … Continued

New Faces at ZNHA

The domino effect is happening at ZNHA. Growing park visitation means increased sales, which necessitates more stock, equating to the growth of ZNHA. This spring, ZNHA added staff including new faces in the warehouse and a graphics arts specialist. A big welcome is extended to Zack, new warehouse manager; and Bryce and Brady, seasonal warehouse technicians, who receive and distribute stock to the retail stores. … Continued

Hats Off to the National Park Service on Its 100th Birthday

By Lyman Hafen, Executive Director For nearly 20 years I’ve had a unique vantage of the National Park Service and how it operates in Zion National Park. I do not work for the Park Service, or for the Federal Government. As executive director of Zion Natural History Association, I work for a private, non-profit corporation … Continued

Zion Plein Air Artists Selected for 2016 Centennial Edition

Schedule of Plein Air Events | 2016 Studio Paintings Exhibit | Featured Artist: John Cogan Planning and preparations for the annual Zion National Park Plein Air Art Invitational have become a year-round process in the offices of Zion Natural History Association. The artist selection committee, made up of 15 representatives of ZNHA, Zion National Park, … Continued

Middle Emerald Pools Trail

The Middle Emerald Pools Trail Centennial Fundraiser is currently one of the National Park Foundation’s Top 50 Centennial Fundraising Projects and the Zion National Park Foundation is hoping to match the funds they raise. Construction of the Emerald Pools Trails: Lower, Middle and Upper began in 1932 by the Nation Park Service. They were listed … Continued

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