Tucson Festival of Books
Saturday, March 2 & Sunday, March 3, 2019

The Tucson Festival of Books is the third largest book festival in the country, featuring more than 450 authors. Western National Parks Association (WNPA) will once again host our popular The National Park Experience Pavilion. Designed as a metropolitan gateway to parks, The National Park Experience Pavilion provides national parks the space to engage visitors and showcase the nature, culture, and heritage represented at each of our parks.


Learn about adventures in nature, the many ways of water, and our changing world with panel discussions featuring award-winning authors.

Discover more than 20 national parks in one day! Learn about ancient civilizations, animal tracks, plants, US history, and much more.

Join in the Junior Ranger Jamboree! Meet park rangers, pose for a picture with Sunny the Saguaro and Pancho the Vermilion Flycatcher, and enter to win a prize. Fourth graders can even receive a free Every Kid in a Park pass!

Shop for unique books, games, jewelry, clothing, and gifts at The National Parks Store.

Listen to lively stories by Edison Eskeets about the history and design of Navajo rugs from Hubbell Trading Post.

Learn about volunteer and employment opportunities and the many ways you can support national parks.


The event is free to the public. For more information, visit www.tucsonfestivalofbooks.org.


Thank you to our education partner,

Student Essay Contest

WNPA and the Metropolitan Education Commission invite students in grades 9–12 to help give a voice to WNPA’s mission by composing a compelling essay on the effects of climate change in our national parks.

Essays will be read and evaluated by a review committee. The top three essays will receive cash prizes of $250 for first place, $100 for second place, and $50 for third place. Recognition of excellence will be announced at a special ceremony at 4 PM on Sunday, March 3, 2019, at The National Park Experience Pavilion.

Click to learn more about our student essay contest.