This has been a year of accomplishments for Los Amigos de Valles Caldera.
We worked with Superintendent Jorge Silva-Bañuelos to become the official Friends Group for the Valles Caldera National Preserve fulfilling all National Park Service (NPS) requirements. We also worked with the Superintendent and the Director of the Intermountain Region of the NPS to become the official not-for-profit Cooperating Association for the Preserve. This second agreement allows us to operate the bookstore to earn funds that will support the educational, scientific, historical, and interpretive activities of the Valles Caldera. We are very excited about this new opportunity to expand our support of the Preserve.
Los Amigos de Valles Caldera has invested funds to cover startup costs and has engaged Ellen Castrone to be our part-time bookstore manager. In conjunction with our annual Christmas tree donation drive, the Bookstore will open with a limited selection of merchandise on the Friday after thanksgiving, November 28th. It will be located in the Valles Caldera Entrance Station, and we will be expanding our offerings in the Spring.
Ellen Castrone, Bookstore Manager