Environmental Quality Protection, Beautification

Sequoia Parks Conservancy

  • Three Rivers, CA
  • http://sequoiahistory.org

Mission Statement

The Sequoia Natural History Association is a partner of the National Park Service. Our funds support education, research, interpretation, and historic preservation of Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Park and Devils Postpile National Monument as well as surrounding public lands. We offer various educational programs for park visitors as well as provide financial support to the National Park Service.

Main Programs

  1. Sequoia Natural History Association
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Although we serve Tulare County, we serve visitors from around the world.

ruling year

1970

Executive Director since 1996

Self-reported

Mark Tilchen

Keywords

Self-reported

Outdoor education, national parks, sequoia, environment, seminars, caves, wildlife, publishing

Notes from the Nonprofit

Friends and supporters of the giant sequoias:

The Sequoia Parks Conservancy (SPC) was formed on October 1, 2015 with the merger of the Sequoia Natural History Association and the Sequoia Parks Foundation. For decades, both groups shared the common goal of preserving and enhancing the visitor experience in Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks through funding, education, restoration, protection, and visitor services. After much consideration, planning, and encouragement from our partners, the National Park Service and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, it has been determined that this combined organization was the best and most effective way to serve the parks, partners, visitors, and community.

The Foundation was a non-profit run by a board of directors since 1986. The staff of the Sequoia Natural History Association (SNHA) remain as the staff of the SPC. Board members from both organizations will serve the SPC. All programs and services of the Association remain, and through philanthropic efforts we will strive to expand our education division, the Sequoia Field Institute. Previously, SNHA only raised funds for its own programs and small park projects related to education and natural resource protection, while the Foundation's fundraising included all areas of the parks with an emphasis on trails and resource restoration. The SPC plans to significantly expand those types of efforts.

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EIN

94-1379633

 Number

2662266649

Also Known As

Sequoia Natural History Association, Sequoia Parks Foundation, Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks Foundation

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Environmental Education and Outdoor Survival Programs (C60)

Historical Societies and Related Activities (A80)

Natural History, Natural Science Museums (A56)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

We provide educational programs to more than 70,000 visitors annually and provide park information to 1 million annual visitors. We assist the National Park Service in the operation of park visitor centers. Our aid to the parks - cash, in-kind, staffing, and program support exceeds $16 million with most of that in the last decade.

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Sequoia Natural History Association

We publish and sell books and educational items and gifts on national parks, provide staff to assist national park visitors; offer outdoor, natural history and environmental education field seminars, provide custom courses for schools and groups, operate a backcountry ski hut, provide interpretive cave tours, offer educational membership programs, and provide outreach education to local communities and schools.

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Charting Impact

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Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Educate the general public about our national parks and encourage the future generation of park stewards.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Educational programs and publications.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    We have a dedicated and passionate staff, board , volunteers, and partners.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    Feedback from park visitors. Financial growth.
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    We have done a great deal, but protecting our national parks is a never ending duty and we are passionate about.
Service Areas

Self-reported

California

Although we serve Tulare County, we serve visitors from around the world.

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Financials

Financial information is an important part of gauging the short- and long-term health of the organization.

SEQUOIA NATURAL HISTORY ASSOCIATION
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

Sequoia Parks Conservancy

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mark Tilchen

BIO

Mark Tilchen has 38 years experience in National Park tourism and education, and has worked in Sequoia and Kings Canyon for 36 years. Before coming to lead this organization in 1996 he was the general manager for the park concessions in Sequoia and Kings Canyon.

STATEMENT FROM THE Executive Director

"For the employees and volunteers of our organization, this is not a job. It is a lifelong passion to support our national parks and public lands."

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Steve Baltzel

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations?

Yes

CEO OVERSIGHT

Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year?

Yes

ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year?

Yes

BOARD COMPOSITION

Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership?

Yes

BOARD PERFORMANCE

Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years?