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About CNHA

Canyonlands Natural History Association is a nonprofit organization established to assist the scientific and educational efforts of the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, and the USDA Forest Service in southeast Utah.

Photo: CNHA sales area in the Arches Visitor Center

CNHA General Fund
General donations to CNHA are targeted for educational and interpretative programs such as Canyon Country Outdoor Education (CCOE), which conducts science-based field trips with local school groups to Arches and Canyonlands National Park, Hovenweep and Natural Bridges National Monument and other areas.

Discovery Pool
Donations to the Discovery Pool benefit science and research on the Colorado Plateau. In 2015, over $52,000 was  granted for projects that will explore: The Excavation of New Fossil Localities; Paleontological Study of Comb Ridge; Cedar Mesa Building Murals and Social Identities; and Small Mammal Response to Holocene Climate and Land Use Change. The Discovery Pool was established in 2007 and since that time CNHA has awarded over $316,000 in grants.

Help Protect and Preserve Moab Area Dinosaur Tracks
Dinosaurs such as Camarasaurus, Apatosaurus, Diplodocus and Allosaurusroamed the Moab area some 100-200 million years ago, leaving their tracks in the muds and sands of ancient lake shores and rivers. The footprints they left behind, now captured in solid rock, are a fascinating look into the past for Moab area visitors. Those tracks are also a rare, non-renewable resource that paleontologists study to learn about dinosaur anatomy, behavior and climatic conditions long ago.

When fossil footprints are damaged, destroyed or improperly collected, their scientific and educational value may be greatly reduced or lost forever.  We need your help to provide interpretation and education that will help visitors enjoy Moab track sites and learn about the dinosaurs that walked there, while increasing awareness of the need to protect our irreplaceable fossil resources for future generations.

The Clay and Karen Whitaker Fund
The Clay and Karen Whitaker Fund has been established in memory of Dr. Clay Whitaker and his wife Karen, parents of Congresswoman Mary Bono Mack, Stephen Whitaker, David Whitaker, and Katherine Whitaker. The Whitakers loved the outdoors and spent many happy times hiking, camping and exploring the backcountry. Canyonlands and Arches National Parks were important places to the Whitaker family.
Donations to this fund will assist the educational and scientific research efforts of the National Park Service in these areas.

Trail Mix is a collaboration of Grand County, Bureau of Land Management and local public land entities, whose focus addresses the development or maintenance of non-motorized trails in the Grand County area.
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Canyonlands Natural History Association is a 501(c)(3) tax exempt educational organization. Your generous donation is tax deductable to the extent of the law (Federal Tax I.D. #87-0274120).

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