SPC celebrates the holidays with open house, sale for members


The Sequoia Parks Conservancy has opened a new office in the building next to Anne Lang’s Emporium, and it’s a calculated community connection. Formerly Sequoia Natural History Association, this group has been dedicated to enhancing education at Sequoia-Kings Canyon for more than 75 years.

The new Sequoia Parks Conservancy— Recently, Sequoia Natural History Association merged with the parks’ fundraising partner, the Sequoia Parks Foundation, to become the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. The National Park Service determined that this combined organization is the most effective way to serve the parks, partners, visitors, and community. 

Education and fundraising— SPC will now move forward to continue a long legacy of preserving and enhancing the visitor experience in the parks through funding, education, restoration, protection, and visitor services. With this merger, SPC will better serve Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks by creating a larger base of supporters while improving long-term sustainability and fulfilling SPC’s responsibility to support the parks. 

The SPC staff is currently busy seeking funding for park improvement projects with a new zeal for their extended mission.

Three Rivers storefront— The new office in town is in addition to the main office at the Ash Mountain headquarters. So the next time you are in the neighborhood of Anne Lang’s Emporium, Ol’ Buckaroo, Village Antiques, River’s Edge Boutique, and the new Sequoia Snack Shack, come by and meet the Communications, Development, and Marketing team of the Sequoia Parks Conservancy. 

Ask questions; get to know why SPC is working so hard for Sequoia-Kings Canyon. 

Membership and discounts— Join Sequoia Parks Conservancy for as little as $30 per year and contribute to the worthy mission of supporting Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks (and Devils Postpile National Monument). Members receive a 15 percent discount on all purchases at park visitor centers year-round. 

And as is holiday tradition, the annual Members’ Only Holiday Sale is ongoing through January 15. Members currently receive a 25 percent discount on all merchandise, and those making a purchase of $75 or more will receive a free reusable shopping bag.

If not yet a member, join during SPC’s 1st Saturday open house and take advantage of the discounts on current inventory.

1st Saturday gift sale— SPC staff invites everyone to come by and visit the new Three Rivers office during this month’s 1st Saturday (December 5). SPC is opening their doors for a special holiday sale, bringing the visitor centers’ national-park-themed gift items to town for convenient shopping. There will be fun and educational gifts available for the entire family to enjoy — books, games, apparel, stuffed animals, posters and prints, mugs, magnets and pins, maps, jewelry, park collectibles, notecards and postcards, and so much more — and all proceeds from sales benefit Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. 

You’ve seen SPC leading nature walks, operating Crystal Cave, giving information in the visitor centers, and teaching kayaking courses at Lake Kaweah. Now SPC looks forward to the New Year as members of the Three Rivers community.

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