On October 1, 2015, the Sequoia Natural History Association and the Sequoia Parks Foundation, the two non-profit partners of the National Park Service (NPS) in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks, merged to become the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. For decades, both groups have shared the common goal of preserving and enhancing the visitor experience in the parks through funding, education, restoration, protection, and visitor services. After much consideration, planning, and encouragement from our partner, the National Park Service, it has been determined that this combined organization will be the best and most effective way to service the parks, partners, visitors and the community.
What does the Sequoia Parks Conservancy do?
- Seek and provide funding for NPS improvement projects, resource protection and research
- Increase constituent and donor support
- Promote the new organization through public relations
- Provide educational programs through the Sequoia Field Institute Support park interpretation by assisting with visitor center operation
- Conduct Crystal Cave tours
- Operate the official bookstores in the parks and online
- Increase accessibility on park trails and infrastructure
- Accept donations for Search and Rescue operations
- Expand our community events and outreach efforts
- Fund the parks' newspaper Operate the Beetle Rock Education Center
- Coordinate volunteer service projects
- Protect black bears and other natural resources
- Preserve and interpret the parks' cultural history
- Publish books, maps and other educational material
- Support ranger programs like "Rangers in the Classrom"