Western National Parks Association
Participates in interpretive partnership with the National Park Service, to provide programs on NPS and USFS lands and in local communities. Cooperative efforts by the two agencies improve protection of resources on government-managed lands.
NAU students and staff participate in a variety of NPS programs, including research projects, interpretive program development, staff training, and consultation in specific subject matter. NPS staff in turn participate in NAU classes, projects, and field trips.
MNA sponsored much of the early archeological research conducted in northern Arizona and promoted establishment of the Flagstaff Area National Monuments. Many of the objects from our park museum collections are stored and curated at MNA, which facilitates their use by researchers. Most recently, MNA provided design and fabrication services for new exhibits in the Sunset Crater Volcano and Wupatki National Monument Visitor Centers.
The Hopi people consult with NPS staff on all aspects of interpretation involving Hopi culture and the traditional stories of the park.
The Navajo Nation consults with NPS staff on all aspects of interpretation involving Navajo culture and the history of the park.
An annual 10-day celebration of science learning opportunities in the Flagstaff area, sponsored by numerous government agencies and educational partners.
Did You Know?
Sunset Crater was nearly dynamited in 1929, to create a landslide for the Hollywood movie "Avalanche". Local citizens were outraged and lobbied for its protection. The result was establishment of Sunset Crater National Monument in 1930. "Volcano" was added to the name in 1990.