Making It Count, Zion Forever’s Frontline Ambassadors
“We do this work because we love Zion National Park. It doesn’t feel like work because it’s our passion.”
-PATRICK GILL, ZION FOREVER PROJECT
Seven days a week, the Zion Forever Project’s Frontline Ambassador team welcomes hundreds of visitors a day, thousands a month, and millions a year to our Forever Park Stores. Our Ambassadors bring friendliness, a wealth of knowledge, and incredible passion to the Forever Project mission and our one-of-a-kind national park.
As the official retail park partner, all proceeds from purchases made in our park store locations directly benefit Zion National Park, including Kolob Canyons, Pipe Spring, and Cedar Breaks National Monuments. Many guests support the Forever Project and its Field Guide Programs without entirely understanding their essential and lasting contribution. Donations of all sizes, including loose pocket change contributed at the cash register or adopting one of our special Zion Bighorn sheep, Pipe Spring longhorn, or Cedar Breaks pika, help ensure the necessities of our park are met.
Park visitor experiences often include interacting with our Frontline Ambassador team, making a difference by answering pressing questions, listening to memorable experiences, providing safety tips, and helping to find curated interpretive products to take home a special memory. Our Forever Ambassadors provide visitors with a lasting impression through education, inspiration, and a spark of positivity that can excite every individual.
Zion’s Forever Ambassadors are not only the lifeblood of the success of our retail operation; they are essential contributors to many park programs and projects. Providing retail park store funding year over year has ensured the stability of many vital park programs, including the park information paper, roving rangers, night sky and resource initiatives, and in-park education programs.
The total impact of our park stores, and especially our Frontline Ambassadors, is immeasurable. What they accomplish daily is unbelievable and visitors often leave our park stores wanting to be part of something bigger than themselves. The sheer passion of place and determination to be stewards of our parks and public lands are displayed daily. Our Ambassadors are making a real impact on our park and its guests. They are Keepers of the Sanctuary.