Western National Parks Association statement on government shutdown

Due to the federal government shutdown, the National Park Service (NPS) has closed most of its park facilities. Until the shutdown ends, Western National Parks Association (WNPA) has ceased operations at its park stores in 71 national parks.

WNPA understands the impact this will have on our NPS park partners, visitors to national parks, and our mission, which is to advance education, interpretation, research, and community engagement to ensure national parks are increasingly valued by all. Your purchases at WNPA park stores support the 71 national parks we serve; the proceeds go back to the parks to fund educational and interpretational programs, research projects, and park store personnel.

Click to view an editorial written by Executive Director James E. Cook regarding the impacts of the government shutdown on national parks.

Click to listen to a recent radio interview of Executive Director James E. Cook discussing the government shutdown.


In the meantime, how can you support national parks?

The National Parks Store in Tucson, Arizona is not located in a national park and will remain open during the shutdown (address and contact information are listed below). You can also continue to shop in our online store or make a donation. The Gateway to Nature: Western National Parks Center (Los Angeles, CA) also remains open though some programs may be delayed.


The National Parks Store
12880 N Vistoso Village Dr.
Tucson, AZ 85755
Open daily 10 AM – 5 PM

Gateway to Nature
130 Paseo de La Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Open Wednesday through Sunday, 10 AM–6 PM


About WNPA
Western National Parks Association helps make the national park experience possible for everyone. As a nonprofit education partner of the National Park Service, WNPA supports parks across the West, developing products, services, and programs that enhance the visitor experience, understanding, and appreciation of national parks. Since 1938 WNPA has worked to connect new generations to parks in meaningful ways, all with one simple goal: create advocates who want to preserve and protect these special places for everyone, for all time.