Grant helps with future fundraising for Flagstaff Monuments Local

The view of Walnut Canyon from Fisher Point attracts many hikers.


A new grant could help support national monuments around Flagstaff such as Wupatki, Sunset Crater and Walnut Canyon.

Last month, a group called Friends of the Flagstaff National Monuments received a grant of nearly $ 3,500 from the National Park Foundation, the National Park Service’s nonprofit partner.

Kim Watson with friends at Flagstaff National Monuments said that might not sound like a lot of money, but they hope its impact will be as big as possible.

Watson said the organization is using the funds to develop an improved, more modern website and begin building the infrastructure to raise additional dollars locally to support national monuments.

“It’s not a large amount, but it is enough to redesign the site and pay for the first year of maintenance,” said Watson. “We’re so lucky to have found a website developer who, she and her husband, are both ex-parking service providers. She’s doing this in retirement, but very cheap, cooperative and very good.”

Watson said some of the money will also be used to support her internship program to attract students from Northern Arizona University who may be more tech-savvy than some of the “over-the-hill geezers” who are already part of the organization are.

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Watson said these interns would help the organization build a presence on social media and get the message across through their fundraising drives. Additional support for parks is more important now than it used to be.

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