The Northwest Paleontological Association's (NPA) mission statement is "to advance the science of paleontology. To explore, understand, and preserve the paleontological heritage of Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. To support the collaborative efforts of amateur and professional paleontologist. To provide education for the community." The NPA meets the second Saturday of every other month, at 1:00 PM in the Burke Room of the Thomas Burke Memorial Washington State Museum, on the University of Washington Campus. Current president is Paul Kester. Contact him via pkesterATcomcast.net.