Field Guide TO ZION NATIONAL PARK PROJECT PRIORITIES and featuring our sister parks Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments
TWENTY EIGHTEEN EDITION
Make a difference, now and forever.
Zion National Park preserves some of the most sacred and important canyon country in the world, and has been a sanctuary for millennia.
Dear Friends, On behalf of our park partners, our board of directors and staff, we are pleased to share our Field Guide to Zion National Park’s highest project priorities for the year ahead. We invite you to read through the guide – and to find a program or a project that is meaningful to you. Dog ear a few pages, it’s allowed. It’s your copy. The projects were selected in collaboration with our park partners – through an application process we developed to more effectively address the park’s most critical resource issues, and to fully leverage public and private support. While federal tax dollars and visitor entrance fees fund the park’s basic maintenance and day to day operations, the projects expressed in the following pages help us preserve the integrity of the Zion experience now, and for generations to come. We invite you to join us in our work, and to share our guide with others who care deeply about Zion National Park and her sister parks. Sincerely. Mark Preiss Director, Zion Natl Park Forever Project Lyman Hafen Executive Director, Zion Natl Park Forever Project
Preservation PROTECTING ZION’S DESERT BIGHORN HERDS 4 PRESERVING CULTURAL CONNECTIONS: KWIYUMUNTSI PAIUTE TRIBAL YOUTH CAMP 5 SEARCHING FOR ZION’S NATURAL SPRINGS
RIPARIAN CONDITION ASSESSMENT IN HOP VALLEY
CAPTURING CHANGE: REPEAT PHOTOGRAPHY ON THE VIRGIN RIVER
RESTORING THE HISTORIC PINE CREEK BUILDING
PRESERVING ZION’S HISTORIC IMAGES
CAPTURING PARK’S HISTORIC SOUND AND FILM
FINDING BURIED ARCHEOLOGICAL SITES WITH REMOTE SENSING
Visitor Experience GROTTO TRAIL REHAB
PRODUCING ZION’S NEW PARK FILM
EXPLORING AND PROTECTING ZION IN 3D
Education TRANSPORTATION SCHOLARSHIPS FOR SCHOOLS
SIX SEASONAL RANGERS LEADING THE PROGRAM
ADOPT A SEASONAL PARK RANGER
BRINGING PARK RANGERS INTO UTAH’S CLASSROOMS
CONCRETE TO CANYONS
EXPANDING THE JUNIOR RANGER PROGRAM
INVESTING IN TEACHERS: STIPENDS FOR LEARNING
SECURING 20 PARK INTERNSHIPS AND SUPPLIES
ADOPT AN INTERN
DISTANCE LEARNING: LIVE FROM ZION NATIONAL PARK
SPRINGDALE ELEMENTARY AS ZION’S GATEWAY HOMEROOM
Sustainability INSTALLING SOLAR HEATERS FOR WATCHMAN PARK HOUSING COMPLEX
Cedar Breaks PRESERVING SOUTHERN UTAHâ€™S DARK SKIES
ESTABLISHING CITIZEN SCIENCE MONITORING PROGRAM
PREPARING DESIGN AND SITE PLAN CONCEPT FOR THE CEDAR BREAKS EDUCATION CENTER
SHARING LOCAL HERITAGE THROUGH STORIES OF THE PAST
ESTABLISHING CEDAR BREAKS-TO-BRIAN HEAD TRAIL NETWORK
Pipe Spring STITCHES IN TIME: REPLACING LIVING HISTORY COSTUMES
REFURNISHING THE HISTORIC WINSOR CASTLE
PRESERVING FRONTIER HERITAGE
The Zion Forever Project’s preservation effort – and the fundamental purpose of Zion National Park – is to preserve the dramatic geology including Zion Canyon and the labyrinth of deep Navajo sandstone canyons formed by extraordinary erosion at the margin of the Colorado Plateau; to safeguard the park’s wilderness character and its wild and scenic river values.
Protecting Zionâ€™s Desert Bighorn Herds Funding Needed: $50,000
In the early 1950â€™s, bighorn sheep were believed to be gone from the park. Beginning in 1968, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources and other state, federal, and private entities combined to reintroduce these iconic animals. However, low numbers persisted until the early 1990s, when sheep sightings began to increase. Happily, bighorn sheep are thriving in the park, but because sheep numbers and densities are now over 500 animals, there is an increased opportunity for contact with domestic sheep outside the park, and the risk of rapid spread of disease through the herd. In partnership with the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources, Zion is working towards permitting the transplant of sheep from this herd to reestablish or reinforce traditional bighorn sheep herds on adjacent public lands, which will also serve to reduce sheep population density and the risk of disease transmission. A group of bighorn sheep will be GPS-collared to provide a clear picture of sheep movement patterns in and outside of the park boundaries, and identify potential disease exposure routes, and habitat use characteristics. Twenty to thirty sheep will be collared and tracked using GPS and satellite data. The GPS data will be shared on the parkâ€™s website and other digital platforms as an educational tool. The data will also inform future cooperative management strategies to ensure long-term health of the herd across jurisdictions.
Preserving Cultural Connections: Kwiyumuntsi Paiute Tribal Youth Camp Funding Needed: 25,000 $
Requested funding will facilitate a field camp for 25 underserved, disadvantaged Southern Paiute youth, in junior high school grades 7â€“9, with immersion into their traditional homelands by providing transportation, supplies, and equipment. Activities will occur on NPS, BLM, and Dixie National Forest lands, centered around Zion National Park, an area of traditional importance to Southern Paiute people. A four-day, three-night field excursion will include camping and learning activities educating the participants about their ancestral ties to the area and resource stewardship responsibilities. This program matches tribal elders and agency staff in providing interactive field activities coupling traditional knowledge, practices, and values with current land management practices. For example, Southern Paiute people traditionally employed fire to manage and enhance habitat for game animals, encourage growth of important food-source plants, and stimulate new growth of plants important to fabricating materials for a variety of uses. Current land management practices employ fire to manage wildlife habitat, restore ecological condition, and provide forage. Another activity relates to the importance of water on the dry Colorado Plateau. This project is part of a local, multi-agency initiative to engage cohorts of students on an ongoing basis at the elementary, junior high, high school, and collegiate levels. Long term, it will contribute to NPS and public land stewardship by helping to sustain cultural values, encourage higher education, and provide future diverse agency/tribal employees and leaders for the Southern Paiute Nation, and the park system itself. This project immerses Southern Paiute youth in their traditional homelands, providing experiences and learning activities regarding their cultural heritage, and instilling a sense of tenure and concern for the stewardship of park, forest, and public lands. Tribal cultural practices are in danger of being lost. Learning with Elders who demonstrate time-honored customs, language, and values encourages youth to celebrate and embrace their heritage.
Searching for Zion’s Natural Springs Funding Needed: $19,000
The park’s natural springs are one of its most fundamental natural resources. These natural springs are where the patterns of life in the desert converge. Unlike most desert areas, Zion is blessed with an abundance of springs, an estimated 200 to 300 in number. Unfortunately, the park does not have a full inventory of spring locations, measurements of their flow, or water quality, descriptions of their plant and animal habitats, or past human use patterns that are connected to this key park resource. This project will establish the park’s first inventory of its natural springs during a 13-week internship with college student interns, focused in manageable quadrants: each projected to contain 20 to 60 springs. Each quadrant will be surveyed by two interns. The core inventory team will require special skills in understanding and describing the geology and biota of the site, and measuring the spring flow and water quality. Data and project findings will be shared in a variety of platforms including the park’s website, its Jr. Ranger programs, and virtual classroom programs.
Riparian Condition Assessment in Hop Valley Funding Needed: 10,000 $
The Hop Valley Trail connects Kolob Terrace with the Kolob Canyons section of the park and is part of the iconic Trans-Zion hike that allows backpackers to hike from Kolob to the main canyon. This section of the Hop Valley trail includes several stream crossings and passes through high meadows where the land and streams intersect. This rare riparian resource has significant ecological value for Zion National Park. Observations indicate that some riparian areas in Zion experience impacts from current and past intensive land uses such as livestock grazing or forage production. This project will provide building blocks of sound scientific data for the management of park resources in the Hop Valley and nearby Current Creek areas. A scientifically-recognized riparian assessment tool will be used to collect data on the physical function of riparian areas including hydrology, vegetation, and soil attributes. Data on water temperature, PH, turbidity, dissolved oxygen, and E. coli (bacteria) loads will also be collected. Sampling will occur during one summer event, and will sample several reaches along each stream. This project will be completed in partnership with local universities, and will inform management decisions regarding the Hop Valley and Current Creek areas of the park.
Capturing Change: Repeat Photography on the Virgin River Funding Needed: $4,500
In 1873, John Hillers, a photographer on one of the John Wesley Powell expeditions, took photographs in the Zion area which provide some of the earliest photographic evidence of what the canyon looked like, as well as serving to document the condition of the landscape at that time. Between 1994 and 2002, United States Geological Survey researchers took repeat photographs at the same locations as John Hillers, providing visual evidence of change on the North and East Forks of the Virgin River. This project will conduct repeat photography in the same locations, capturing changes driven by recent flood events and adding a time step in a series reaching back to the Powell expedition. Select historic photographs from the Zion collections will also be re-photographed. Today, the Virgin River remains the central dynamic force in Zion, both from a visitor and management perspective. It has the potential to impact significant elements of the parkâ€™s infrastructure, including trails, roadways, and other visitor support facilities. This photo series will provide important scientific information helping to inform future management decisions through an unbroken, historic record of photographic evidence.
Restoring the Historic Pine Creek Building Funding Needed: $505,110
Nearly all of Zion’s visitors drive by or are shuttled by the First Superintendent’s Residence. It is Zion’s best example of the NPS-Rustic style, using local materials and robust design with masonry and timber. Built in 1928, it is the park’s second oldest building. Unfortunately, it is a part of Zion’s deferred maintenance backlog. Requested funding will stabilize and restore this historic icon and its irreplaceable character as an interpretive site, and continued use for park staff housing. Other than nominal cyclic maintenance, no major repairs or rehabilitation has been completed on this building in more than 80 years. Project scope includes full stabilization of structural elements, surface grading and drainage control to direct water away from the building’s foundation, rehabilitation of exterior masonry, stone paths and patios, restoration of the exterior windows and doors, and repairs to exterior wood trim. The First Superintendent’s Residence is a highly visible and picturesque building drawing constant attention of visitors along the Zion Scenic Drive. Vehicular pull-outs nearby are used by visitors photographing this and the other historic masonry buildings within the Pine Creek Historic District.
DID YOU KNOW? Zion National Park serves as the curator of record for Zion, Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments, and Bryce Canyon National Park. The park collections illuminate the stories of American Indians, pioneers, and the parkâ€™s complex natural and cultural environments. Help us expand public access to our park heritage through archival best practices.
Preserving Zionâ€™s Historic Images Funding Needed: 12,350 $
Scanning historic photos and placing them into cold storage is the best way to preserve images and extend the life of the original photographs. Requested funding will repackage approximately 10,000 historic black and white negatives for permanent cold storage consistent with archival best practices used by the Smithsonian Institution. Images will be available on the park website as well as the National Park Gallery providing greater public access to the parkâ€™s remarkable collection of historic and rare images. The National Park Service has purchased three special cold storage freezers to store the collections. Archival supplies to properly package the negatives will be purchased for this project, and two National Council for Preservation Education interns will be hired to rehouse the negatives. Using NPS Harpers Ferry Center protocols, the technicians performing the work will package all negatives along with any supporting photographic documentation. In order to ensure access to these materials to researchers, staff will ensure a scanned digital image exists for each negative.
Capturing Park’s Historic Sound and Film Funding Needed: $23,750
Zion’s museum collection includes over 120 canisters of 16mm motion picture film, audio cassettes, microcassettes, VHS, and one phonograph record. None are currently accessible to staff or the public. Through this project, the park will appraise the audio and film collections, research and determine copyright status of these collections, and clean and migrate all appropriate films and audio to DVD or digital files. Once digitized, it will be possible to make copies of audio and visual collections for research requests through other digital platforms including the park’s website and the National Park Gallery. These collections include treasures such as a record of Bryce Canyon Lodge staff singing away guests, oral histories from former staff, Utah Parks Company (subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad) programs, and historic film.
DID YOU KNOW? The cultural resources of Zion extend and connect us all the way back to the Puebloan people of the area â€“ the Virgin Anasazi. Through stories, sites, objects, landscapes, and natural features, these elements remain touchstones contributing to group identity and heritage that enriches all visitors.
Finding Buried Archeological Sites with Remote Sensing Funding Needed: $37,500
New technology makes it possible to continue to learn about and better protect archeological sites without damaging them. This project will incorporate the newest noninvasive methods available to archaeologists to learn more about one of Zionâ€™s Ancestral Puebloan sites. The site covers approximately four acres and was first researched by archaeologists in the 1930s, including a partial excavation in 1962 by the University of Utah. The historic property was acquired in 2009 by the park and assessed. The site was found to be significant and still held an extraordinary amount of data. Archaeologists spent the field season of 2016 working on the site. The work entailed stabilizing exposed structures, grid surface artifact analysis, and documentation updates. During this work, two potential locations of buried structures were identified. Completing this project will help the park better understand how to protect its cultural resources. One of the fundamental resource values of Zion are the remnants of humanityâ€™s past. These archeological sites contribute to the heritage and identity of many native peoples. The project will help Zion better preserve and understand this fundamental resource on behalf of the American people.
Zion National Park is a world-renowned destination that offers a range of recreational and educational experiences that often create profound emotional and personal connections to the park. The Zion Forever Project enriches the visitor experience through trail restoration and improvements, exhibits, park films, publications, accessibility, and digital applications.
Grotto Trail Rehab Funding Needed: $292,348
This project will establish the Grotto Trail between Zion Lodge and the Grotto Picnic Area as the Canyonâ€™s first fully accessible trail. The project will reroute one section of trail, and include paving for access consistent with ADA-standards. This trail connects park visitors to the distinct resources in Zionâ€™s main canyon. It will provide all visitors with a unique natural and cultural opportunity as the trail passes by majestic stone monoliths, native plants and animals, and historic structures, while furthering the Parkâ€™s goal to provide facilities and services that serve the entire population without discrimination. Improving this section of trail will also help to reduce shuttle loading between the Lodge and the Grotto Picnic Area. Paving the trail with concrete will ensure limited maintenance needs for at least 15 years, barring extreme situations. Trail interpretive signage will be developed and installed, and disturbed areas replanted with native plants.
Producing Zion’s New Park Film Funding Needed: $180,400
Hundreds of thousands of visitors watch the Zion introductory film every year. The current film is 17 years old and focuses primarily on orientation and trip planning for those starting their visit to Zion. The film’s orientation and resource messages are dated and do not address the park’s resource conservation priorities in the face of record visitation. This is a top priority for the park – as a powerful means to develop a contemporary conservation message that engages visitors on site and in advance – empowering them as active stewards of the park. The Zion Forever Project provided funding for a new 4K video camera in 2017, and footage for the film is already being shot. The park’s Long Range Interpretation Plan will be integrated into the film script and feature the park’s natural and cultural resources and the role the public can play in helping to preserve Zion for future generations. Video clips of the film will also be available in a variety of outlets targeting specific park users including lodging facilities, gateway communities and state tourism, and bus tour operations that reach more than 118,000 visitors every season – most of whom are not able to watch the film at the park’s main auditorium. The content will be available as part of Zion’s virtual classroom, the park website and other distance learning programs, and the film will be marketed as a retail item in our park stores as a source of income for future park projects.
DID YOU KNOW? The Zion Forever Project fully funds the parkâ€™s seasonal Visitor Guides handed out at the park gates and is available in seven languages.
Exploring and Protecting Zion in 3-D Funding Needed: 59,012 $
In recent years, 3 dimensional laser scanning has become an invaluable process to architects, archaeologists, historic preservationists, and physical scientists. Using laser scanners, Zion will create 3D models of the park’s trails, roads, historic buildings, river beds, and large scale geologic formations. The park will create virtual tours of some of Zion’s most iconic trails including Angels Landing and The Narrows that can be downloaded as a mobile app. Establishing virtual tours of the park’s trail network will allow visitors to experience Zion long distance, with full accessibility and less strain on park resources. In addition to mapping Zion’s trail network, the project will document the park’s roads, visitor facilities, campgrounds, and canyons providing accurate and dynamic pre-trip materials for visitors before they get to its gateways. The park will scan its resources listed in the National Register of Historic Places including historic bridges, tunnels, retaining walls, trails, buildings, and prehistoric structures. From these models, accurate measurements to two millimeters will be obtained. The laser scanner equipment will allow park management to refabricate structural elements more accurately during repair and rehabilitation of Zion’s historic and cultural resources.
The Zion Forever Projectâ€™s education initiative provides comprehensive K-12 curriculum and experience based programs, engaging and connecting the next generation of park stewards. These include park field trips, rangers in schools, virtual classroom lessons, teacher workshops, college internships, field camps, and junior ranger programs. Our programs engage hundreds of thousands of local, national and international students every year.
Transportation Scholarships for Schools Funding Needed: $45,000
National Parks serve as Americaâ€™s outdoor classrooms. Zion, Pipe Spring, and Cedar Breaks are leaders in working with local teachers to develop curriculumâ€“based programming matching state and national standards to park resources and values. Learning within the park is one of the most powerful experiences a student may have. Where else can students
Six Seasonal Rangers Leading the Program Funding Needed: $138,240
build a model of a canyon to discuss erosion next to a stream that eroded 3,000 feet of sandstone? Or learn about pioneer life while standing inside a 19th century residence? Or study an alpine pond habitat up close with magnifying glasses? All of these experiences and more lie within these parks. Many local students have never traveled to a national park, despite living close to Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe
Adopt a Seasonal Park Ranger Funding Needed: $23,000
Spring. Even when teachers and administrators would like to see it happen, most local school districts are unable to establish their own transportation to a park because of a shortage of funding. This project provides bus scholarships and six seasonal park rangers for schools seeking to participate in ranger-led field trips. The funding will enhance the learning of more than 3,000 students by giving them the opportunity to visit one of our parks in the year ahead.
Bringing Park Rangers into Utahâ€™s Classrooms Funding Needed: 141,240 $
Park rangers, with their iconic flat hats, are trusted specialists. Working with teachers, they support the studentsâ€™ curricula and allow their textbooks to come to life by bringing real life lessons into the classroom. Zion National Park, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring National Monuments are uniquely situated to reach out to urban, suburban, and rural schools in southwestern Utah and northwestern Arizona with lessons in science, history, and social studies. With this funding, six seasonal park rangers will be hired to visit schools, bringing curriculum-based programming to those unable to travel to the parks. Their focus will be on schools with the most need, including those with students below the poverty level. Rangers will engage more than 500 K-12 classrooms, reaching over 12,000 students in 2018.
Concrete to Canyons Funding Needed: $100,000
Concrete to Canyons has been providing the Zion experience to underserved students from the Las Vegas and Mesquite areas for the past three years. This initiative introduces underrepresented students to the idea of wilderness over the course of a three-day, two-night camping experience. To date, Concrete to Canyons has focused on Title I students in urban settings. This phase expands outreach to underrepresented students from rural and tribal lands neighboring the park. This project features a generational approach to growing park connections by providing a safe, family based experience that strengthens family bonds through shared experiences in Zion and her sister parks. Initial classroom visits by park rangers introduce curriculum-based resource conservation concepts developed in collaboration with district teachers and aligned with state standards. To increase the comfort levels of the participants, park rangers meet with the students, teachers and their parents before the trip. The rangers teach the families about park resources, safety, and what to pack. Teachers and chaperones also gain confidence prior to their trip by participating in a skill-building overnight workshop. That way the adults know what to expect and how to help teach camping skills to the students. Once in the park, students learn how to pitch a tent, start a fire, properly store food, leave no trace principles, and all about park resources. They also make life-long memories hiking in Zionâ€™s Wilderness and have reflective time to experience nature in solitude. After their camping experience, students present their experiences to the next set of program participants. All of the Concrete to Canyons students and their families are invited back to the park to camp for free one summer weekend with all supplies provided through our program as the culmination of their experiences.
Expanding the Junior Ranger Program Funding Needed: $81,136
The Junior Ranger Program is one of the most recognizable programs within the National Park Service. Its “Explore, Learn, Protect” motto engaged more than 33,000 children and their families at Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring last year. This project will improve the Junior Ranger programs at Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring, and expand the program at Zion to ensure exemplary visitor experiences for all families during a time of record visitation. This project will engage 50,000 youth through our program in 2018. Funding will support new exhibits at Cedar Breaks and Zion, publish a new junior ranger activity booklet, and purchase badges. Three additional seasonal junior rangers will be hired to manage the expansion of the park’s youth and family programs through full peak season, which now extends from April – November. The program is currently staffed from June – August. The parks will expand use of Zion’s Nature Center and Cedar Breaks’ Yurt to accommodate increased program demands. The Junior Ranger booklets help engage youth as they explore the parks, with activities like scavenger hunts, puzzles about preservation and stewardship, and participation in ranger-led programs. Upon completion, children earn a Junior Ranger badge at the park. These materials are offered free of charge to encourage youth from all backgrounds to participate in the program.
Investing in Teachers: Stipends for Learning Funding Needed: $12,000
This project provides two different types of teacher workshops – one that creates curricula, and another that familiarizes new teachers with existing programs including Zion’s distance learning classroom, Cedar Breaks’ alpine meadow field trip, and Pipe Spring’s inschool program on Utah history. Teachers are leaders in their communities and inspire lifelong learning in their classrooms. Through this project, the park will work closely with teachers to ensure that park programs are relevant, appropriate, and helpful in their classrooms. Teachers will receive stipends for their participation, including travel reimbursement, as these workshops often occur over the summer and on teacher’s personal time.
Providing On-the-Job Experience for Local College Students
Securing 20 Park Internships and Supplies Funding Needed: $168,500
The impact of the education program at the parks does not end at high school graduation. Zion, Cedar Breaks, and Pipe Spring are committed to offering college internships in order for local college students to create deeper connections to the value of public lands and provide a bridge to career paths. The three parks, along with Southern Utah University
Adopt an Intern Funding Needed: 8,000 $
and Dixie State University, are part of the Interagency Internship Cooperative, an award-winning project that provides experimental internships for students. The initiative connects 20 college students directly with park subject matter experts in all fields of park management. Participants gain hands-on experience in visitor services, natural and cultural resource management, museum collections, facility maintenance, engineering, historic preservation, and information technology services. The internship program provides targeted capacity for the park focusing on collecting visitor data and helping with the Visitor Use Management planning process, supporting the front desk at the visitor centers, serving as trail stewards, trail crew members, and research assistants on priority park projects.
Distance Learning: Live from Zion National Park Funding Needed: $64,540
This project will expand Zion’s Distance Learning program to connect to students, school districts, and other higher education institutions from across the country that are not able to visit the park directly. Zion piloted the Distance Learning Program in 2016 as part of its “Every Fourth Grader in the Park” program. Based on project success and school demand, funding will expand the program to engage all grade levels and provide its programming five days a week. Park rangers are designing curriculum that intersects with State and National Standards – using Zion as an international classroom. This project connects Zion to students across the globe in meaningful and relevant ways, not only to learn about the values of Zion’s natural and cultural resources – but more broadly, the relevance and importance of the entire national park system. Through this project, education rangers will speak to a diverse population, including classrooms of students who are otherwise underserved by the National Park Service. Virtual learning is a powerful way to reach across geographic distances to share messages and curriculum of relevance. By improving program content, and expanding access to Distance Learning, Zion is becoming a recognized leader within the park system.
Springdale Elementary as Zion’s Gateway Homeroom Funding Needed: $9,820
Located in Zion’s closest gateway community, Springdale Elementary, (K-5) is the only school in this small town. The pilot project, a “Beyond Basics” program, is a school driven partnership that is committed to using Zion National Park as its classroom and the State Core Curriculum as its guide. This project allows the park to fully partner with the school and offer regular lessons by devoting a part-time seasonal park ranger to be the liaison with Springdale Elementary. Using the Springdale Town Shuttle, the students can easily access the park. Once inside the park, they can utilize the Park Shuttle to meet the ranger in numerous spots perfect for learning about habitats, adaptations, geology, and water ecology. This project allows park staff to work directly with teachers to develop new curriculum for each grade level, expanding learning into other subject areas such as social studies, language arts, and math. Lessons learned from this project may be translated by other gateway communities and parks as they strive to develop innovative solutions to the challenges and opportunities they face as partners, living along the borders of our national parks.
Zion is a leader in protecting natural resources and embracing sustainable practices that reduce the effects of park operations on climate change. The Zion Forever Project helps Zion meet the challenge of the National Park Service to leave the park resources unimpaired for the enjoyment of future generations.
Installing Solar Heaters for Watchman Park Housing Complex Funding Needed: $50,000
Each year the park adds a sustainability project or practice to its priority list. This year, Zion would like to install solar-thermal water heating systems in 14 housing units at the Watchman Housing area. These systems will reduce the amount of non-renewable energy used to heat water for seasonal employee housing while still providing a consistent flow of hot water to the residents. Over the initial three years, the savings will be directed to the installation of additional solar-thermal systems until all 33 residential staff houses in the park are retrofitted with the systems. Once all the water heaters are installed and operational, the project will generate enough savings to be self-sustaining, as funds saved will be reinvested into the necessary maintenance system and upkeep. The park will also collect data to determine whether the project could be utilized in visitor use areas such as park campgrounds, public restrooms, and museum facilities. This project is another opportunity to educate, and invite visitors to participate in Zionâ€™s commitment to leading sustainability practices as a model for the national park system.
The Forever Project also serves as the official nonprofit for Cedar Breaks and Pipe Spring National Monuments.
CEDAR BREAKS NATIONAL MONUMENT Cedar Breaks is located in Southern Utah at the top of the â€œGrand Staircaseâ€œ on the Markagunt Plateau. Shaped like a huge coliseum, multicolored rock formations fill a vast 2,500-foot deep amphitheater measuring nearly four miles across, creating a spectacular scenic landscape. From its high vantage points, vistas can extend over 100 miles. An annual show of summer wildflowers, star-filled night skies, brilliant fall colors and deep powder snow in winter offers outstanding year-round recreational opportunities. Thank you for preserving the Cedar Breaks experience for generations to come through your support of these projects.
Preserving Southern Utah’s Dark Skies Funding Needed: 27,875 $
Cedar Breaks was voted the “Best National Park Night Experience” by readers of USA Today in 2016, and designated as the first International Dark Sky Park in southwestern Utah in 2017. More than 200 people regularly attend summer “star parties” to view the wonders of the universe through large telescopes. This project will expand education and outreach focused on the importance of dark skies conservation in southern Utah as a natural and economic asset. Requested funds will purchase 10 library loaner telescopes to be provided to libraries throughout southwestern Utah for public use, will enhance visitor experience by providing rangers for dark sky programs at Cedar Breaks National Monument and recruiting additional astronomy volunteers, will purchase supplies and teaching aids for the Cedar Breaks Master Astronomer Program, and will leverage Cedar Breaks’ designation as an International Dark Sky Park into increased support for dark sky protection initiatives in southwestern Utah. The library loaner telescope program will allow area residents to check out a telescope from a local library and observe the night sky from their own backyard. Ten additional telescopes will reach public libraries in Washington and Iron counties, as well as in the Pipe Spring area.
Establishing Citizen Science Monitoring Program Funding Needed: $19,533
Citizen Science programs bring people and nature together and provide valuable resource data to parks. This project helps to establish a Citizen Science program for Cedar Breaks to monitor physical and biological resource â€œvital signsâ€? and indicators representing the overall natural resource health and condition of the park. The project will create a set of simple and relevant data collection activities which can be completed by the average visitor, focusing on projects that answer realworld questions. By incorporating STEM based (Science Technology Engineering and Math) learning, this project will further science education, while improving public understanding of geology, climate change, wildlife, wilderness, and conservation. The science used in this project will help the park make more informed management decisions and more effectively protect the parkâ€™s resources.
Preparing Design and Site Plan Concept for the Cedar Breaks Education Center
Situated at over 10,000 feet elevation, Cedar Breaks
Funding Needed: $30,000
The park’s existing visitor center is a 900-square foot log
National Monument provides one of the most easily accessible and extraordinary high elevation experiences in the national park system for nearly 1 million visitors annually.
cabin that is inadequate to meet the needs of the park’s visitation, which has seen a 60 percent increase since 2010. The cabin was built by the Civilian Conservation Corps in 1937 and has been the park’s only information center and bookstore for over 80 years. Located several hundred yards away is a small restroom facility (450 square feet) which was constructed in the 1950s. The facility cannot accommodate the increased visitation, resulting in long lines and difficulties keeping it clean. Compounding these challenges is the high elevation resulting in dynamic weather changes. Currently, over 20 percent of the Monument’s interpretive programs are canceled due to weather and lack of adequate indoor space to host programs and educational exhibits. A new education center will serve as a year-round visitor center and provide formal indoor interpretive and educational exhibit space accessible to all. The project will fund completion of building design and site plan concepts for a 2,300 square foot Education Center at Cedar Breaks National Monument. The historic cabin will be repurposed and preserved on site. The preliminary plans will be developed in partnership with Southern Utah University.
Sharing Local Heritage through Stories of the Past Funding Needed: $11,765
Stories of the past have been passed down for generations. Whether by voice or pen, stories have intrigued, entertained, and taught us for ages. This project will feature accounts of the past curated from the park’s oral histories, and give visitors a digital, historybased, self-guided app highlighting historical points of interest around Cedar Breaks National Monument. Primary products created with this project include a digital, history-based, self-guided media application (app) for Apple and Android devices; a history section on the park’s website, and a Teacher’s Education Guide linking Monument history to core school curriculum so teachers and rangers can easily access lesson plans and activities to actively engage school groups in learning. This project is a collaboration between local Native American tribes, Southern Utah University, and cultural resource and interpretive staff from neighboring national parks.
Establishing Cedar Breaks to Brian Head Trail Network Funding Needed: $40,000
Cedar Breaks works closely with their gateway community of Brian Head and the surrounding Dixie National Forest. Requested funding will help establish a tangible connection between these three resources for visitors. The proposed multi-use path would connect these popular destinations, significantly reducing automobile congestion, while providing an exceptional visitor experience – connecting these resources by foot, bicycle, wheelchair, or stroller in summer, and skis or snowshoes in winter. The 5.4 mile accessible “glassphalt” trail will be built utilizing recycled glass from local sources. The multiuse, non-motorized pathway would integrate a future shuttle system providing sightseeing, hiking and biking trailheads, with park destinations, camping, and visitor services at Brian Head. This request funds a project coordinator position to successfully lead the next Federal Lands Access Program grant application process for project funding with the park, Dixie National Forest, Cedar City, Brian Head, and other local partners.
PIPE SPRING NATIONAL MONUMENT The 40-acre monument sits beneath the Vermilion Cliffs and lies just south of the Arizona-Utah border in the isolated region known as the Arizona Strip. The site preserves and illustrates the story of human life, settlement, and struggle in the heart of the desert southwest. For thousands of years, native people, Euro-American explorers, plants and animals have relied on Pipe Spring for its life-giving water. Beginning in the 1850s, members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints began to settle the area the Kaibab Paiute called home. These newcomers drastically altered the landscape, setting the stage for conflict and compromise on the western frontier. Thank you for supporting these projects that help preserve this important site and the stories of its past that inform our future.
Stitches in Time: Replacing Living History Costumes Funding Needed: $3,500
Historic demonstrations help history come alive for visitors. More than half of the 55,000 annual park visitors to Pipe Spring attend a historic demonstration. More than 11,000 students explore the grounds and attend educational programs each year. Most of the Pipe Spring living history costumes were last sewn by community members in the 1990s. After more than 20 years of use, these costumes are torn, stained, and rough around the edges. The soles on dozens of vintage shoes have worn out. Bonnets, aprons, and hats have yellowed with decades of sweat and hard work. This project will fund a local tailor or seamstress to sew new 19th-century dresses, gowns, suits, work-wear, and American Indian clothing for park staff, seasonal interpreters, and visiting students to wear. The park will acquire patterns from researched living history companies and museum collections, and purchase other needed items like shoes, corsets, and head coverings. New costumes will be worn by park staff and volunteers while they present demonstrations like basket making, butter-churning, flint knapping, quilting, and more. Additional costumes will be sewn in child sizes for use in K-7 curriculum based educational programs and junior ranger programs.
Refurnishing the Historic Winsor Castle Funding Needed: $44,700
The Winsor Castle is a fortified Mormon ranch house that illustrates the complex approaches of the U.S. government and the Mormons in interacting with American Indians in the mid-1800s at these natural springs â€“ one of the very few water sources on the Arizona Strip. Pipe Spring will hire a person or persons qualified in period woodwork, blacksmithing, and other trades to reproduce historic furniture onsite using period tools and techniques in period-appropriate costumes. The craftsperson, along with park staff, will research furnishings based on primary and secondary resources to determine what would be appropriate for the time period and the building. Craftspeople will work seven to eight months of the year depending on need and number of pieces to be reproduced, demonstrating their craft and allowing visitors to form their own connections to the resource. The pieces reproduced will be used to furnish the historic Winsor Castle, one of the monumentâ€™s primary resources. Visitors will be able to witness the end result as items are completed and placed on exhibit in the castle and integrated into the siteâ€™s interpretive programs.
Preserving Frontier Heritage Funding Needed: $15,000
As part of its living history program, Pipe Spring stables four retired national park service horses, one mule, two Texas longhorns, and four chickens. These animals serve as living history demonstrations experienced by tens of thousands of visitors annually. Rangers actively incorporate the livestock in educational programs to teach students and guests about the varied roles of these animals on the 19th-century Utah/Arizona frontier. This project will rebuild deteriorating shelters for the horses and cattle which are inadequate to protect them from the harsh summer sun and winter weather. It will also fund the repair of corrals that do not drain adequately. A hired blacksmith will use historic journals, sketches, and relevant architectural plans to craft historically accurate shelters to protect the animals, integrated into the historic landscape. The blacksmith will also craft historic tools and supplies to be used during living history demonstrations.
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