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$10,600
pledged of $6,000pledged of $6,000 goal
117
backers
14days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Thu, July 11 2019 5:02 AM UTC +00:00.

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“Those of us who love Zion National Park call ourselves “Keepers of the Sanctuary.” I have made it a life goal to give back to Zion more than I have received. I am inviting you to join me in a project that will enhance the Zion experience for all of us, while providing needed funds to help with an exciting new Zion youth initiative.” --Roland Lee


OUR GOAL

Our goal is to publish a beautiful new guide to Zion National Park which will in turn provide partial funding for an exciting youth art experience in Zion. Our goal is to raise $6,000 to publish the beautiful hardbound book. When that goal is met, funds over our goal will be donated to the Zion Forever Project to help seed a new student education program that allows young students to follow in the footsteps of Zion's original artists with instruction and in-park painting experiences where student artists can discover Zion for themselves.


THE BOOK

In all the world there is no place like Zion National Park. Its unique beauty, geological wonders, and fascinating history has enchanted visitors of all ages for over a century. Join us in celebrating Zion’s 100th birthday with the publication of a stunning new guide to one of the world’s greatest natural works of art. With your pledge, you can be a part of sharing the magic of Zion while helping youth become "keepers of the sanctuary" for the next 100 years.

Renowned watercolor artist Roland Lee envisioned combining his visual knowledge of Zion with the wisdom of his lifelong friends and fellow Zion enthusiasts, historian Lyman Hafen and geologist Robert Eves, to make a comprehensive full-color guide to one of the treasures of the American west--Zion National Park.

Roland Lee Painting in Zion National Park
Roland Lee Painting in Zion National Park

The work is done and ready for publication. It will be a gorgeous 10” x 11” hardcover book illustrated with 160 pages of beautiful paintings accompanied by detailed commentary on the people and place.  

Just one of the stunning spreads in this 160 page book.
Just one of the stunning spreads in this 160 page book.

In Discovering Zion, Zion National Park's trifecta of experts come together to create a must-have pictorial guide to the park. 

  • Watercolorist Roland Lee, the foremost contemporary painter of Zion, takes readers on a visual journey as he shares his sweeping landscapes and personal narrative. 
  • Southern Utah historian and published author, Lyman Hafen unfolds the park's rich history, sharing the stories of the people who made Zion their home.
  •  Dr. Robert Eves, author of Zion’s best-selling book, Water, Rock, and Time, details the science behind the geologic miracle of Zion National Park. 

All three authors are former board chairmen of the Zion Natural History Association (now called the Zion Forever Project), and have a lifetime of experience and passion to share about this special place.   

Chapter by chapter readers are guided through the park.
Chapter by chapter readers are guided through the park.

Discovering Zion guides readers through each area of the park, chapter by chapter, with insight from the experts on the landscape, geology and history of each wonder-filled area.

Inside peek - Discovering Zion.
Inside peek - Discovering Zion.

Discovering Zion is complete and ready to publish. 

With your pledge, you can be a part of sharing the magic of Zion while helping youth become "keepers of the sanctuary" for the next century.

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STRETCH GOAL

Money raised beyond our goal will be used to fund the Zion Forever Project- Palettes in the Park Youth Art Initiative

Palettes in the Park- Early Zion artists like Thomas Moran, and Maynard Dixon were voices for conservation of the park. This pilot youth project will develop and implement an art history curriculum for middle and high school students at two area schools, including a residential treatment center that serves girls ages 12 to 17. After completing pre-site activities, students will visit places within Zion and create their own Zion-inspired art works, under the guidance of park rangers, Zion’s plein air artists, and art experts from the community. The artwork will be displayed in an exhibit open to the general public at Zion park’s Human History Museum. The purpose is to involve young people as stewards of America’s sacred lands.

TOGETHER WE CAN MAKE THIS HAPPEN!

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This is a hard bound, custom sized, 160 page, full color, print project. With your help we can get this beautiful book in the hands of Zion lovers everywhere.

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    "Discovering Zion" Book and 8 x 10 Print

    Discovering Zion Book AND limited edition 8 x 10 print of Zion signed and numbered by the artist.

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    "Discovering Zion" book plus limited edition 8 x 10 giclee print of Zion signed by the artist, PLUS instructional one hour DVD by Roland Lee.

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    Limited edition book signed by all three authors! Plus limited edition 8 x 10 giclee print of Zion.

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