Western National Parks Association

Chetro Ketl

This National Park Service photo shows the great kiva at Chetro Ketl, an Ancestral Puebloan great house and archaeological site located in Chaco Culture National Historical Park in New Mexico.


Since 1938 the Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has been supporting the National Parks of the western U.S. as a partner in education.  You may have seen their stores at your favorite National Park where they raise funds to support the parks.  They also operate the National Parks Store at their Tucson, Arizona offices and host various activities at their event area.  Another of their projects is the Tucson Festival of Books where they present the National Parks Pavilion as another way to teach the public about National Parks.

Besides raising funds and reaching out to the general public the WNPA supports research in the National Parks including:

  • Studying moths and butterflies at the White Sands National Monument in New Mexico to better understand why many of the species found there are either white in color or have very faded colors
  • Tree ring dating of some of the structures at  the Chaco Culture National Historical Park
  • Studying and interpreting tipi rings in Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
  • Studying the stress response in lead-exposed condors and the associated effects on reproductive success at Pinnacles National Park
  • Studying the microclimate in bat hibernacula in New Mexico’s El Malpais National Monument to better understand the causes of white nose syndrome

If you’d like to learn more or purchase some National Park memorabilia online,  check out the Association’s website at www.wnpa.org

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