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Canyonlands Natural History Association


Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) is a non-profit organization, which exists solely to assist the National Park Service, the U.S. Forest Service, and the Bureau of Land Management in their education and visitor efforts. Proceeds from sales support these agencies’ educational, interpretive, and scientific programs on the Colorado Plateau.


CNHA has supported the parks and public lands of southeastern Utah since 1967. Funding comes from memberships, private donations, and sales from retail outlets and online store, and is used to support our partner agencies’ educational, interpretive, and scientific programs.


Since its inception, CNHA has donated more than $20 million to our public land partners’ educational and research efforts.


Sam Wainer’s long-standing commitment to Canyonlands Natural History Association (CNHA) and extensive experience in this realm date back before he joined CNHA in 1996 (when he started as a seasonal employee ). By 1997, he was offered a permanent position as the warehouse and operations assistant and soon after became the warehouse manager. In 2000, he was promoted to inventory specialist, and in 2006 to operations manager, a position he served in until his promotion to executive director. 


Wainer and his wife Heidi have lived in Moab since 1996 and raised two sons, Tobin and Kai. The entire family has been active members of the community; Wainer has been a volunteer DJ at KZMU Moab Community Radio and has coached local baseball, basketball and soccer. He also chaired the Moab Area Travel Council Advisory Board from 2013 to 2015 and served as president of the Peaks Plateaus and Canyons Association.


Learn more and support their work by visiting https://cnha.org


Follow the adventures and interviews in real time at TrailLessTraveled.net and be sure to check out our visual series on YouTube!!!


The radio version of the show includes copyright music and premieres Sunday nights at 6 MST. You can live online at Trail1033.com & locally (Missoula) on the Trail 103.3 FM


This episode was recorded on location in collaboration with Xplorer Maps. We want to extend boatloads of gratitude to Xplorer Maps for their generous support of this podcast and international outreach programs paired with conservation projects. Learn more at XplorerMaps.com and be sure to follow the adventures of their story maps on YouTube, Facebook and Instagram.


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