While the Park is Closed, We’re Bringing Zion to You
Dear Friends of Zion National Park –
As we’ve found ourselves drawn deeper and deeper into the emergency lifestyle required by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Zion Forever Project have grown even more appreciative of what Zion National Park means to all of us. Wallace Stegner’s words come to my mind often, and in these unprecedented days one phrase from his work stands out. In his legendary Wilderness Letter written in 1960, he expressed the importance of wild places not only for our physical health, but for our mental and emotional wellbeing.
Zion National Park actually is 84 percent wilderness, and Mr. Stegner was talking about just such places when he said that even if we don’t go into them (and right now, we can’t go into Zion), just knowing they are there “can be a means of reassuring ourselves of our sanity as creatures, a part of the geography of hope.”
In the spirit of sustaining that geography of hope, we are pleased to be able to share the newly produced Zion National Park film, titled “We The Keepers,” for you to watch in the safety and comfort of your own home. We’ve arranged to do this for a limited time until the Park resumes operations. A festival feature-length version of this film is set to release later this year.
Because you cannot come to the park right now and see the new film as it was intended to be seen in the museum auditorium, we’re sharing it with you for this limited time. We do so through a special arrangement with the film production company Local.Studio, with the blessing of the leadership of Zion National Park, and on behalf of all the great people who work so hard to preserve, sustain, maintain, and make available this precious national treasure to all of us. Prior to this online release, the film was only shown in the park for two days before we had to close the building.
Join us in celebrating the legacy of our National Parks. We hope you enjoy the film.