|Students from Reid Elementary, Baldhill Dam at Lake Ashtabula.|
Last NPT is gearing up to begin its third annual Kids to Parks Day National School Contest starting on January 6th. The Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is open to all schools grades pre-K through 12 in the United States to help fund their very own Kids to Parks Day event (Saturday, May 16th) Schools can win scholarships up to $1,000 for a park trip designed by students which encompasses stewardship pf the park, health and wellness and a lesson that compliments their curriculum. What do these scholarships mean to the children?
These scholarships provide funding for students to access local parks and have memorable educational experiences such as Reid Elementary, one of last years’43 schools to win the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest. 165 kindergarten and first grade students from Jefferson School in Valley City, North Dakota used Baldhill Dam at Lake Ashtabula as their outdoor classroom and had an eventful day hiking and learning about dams, planting seedlings, and replacing mulch around trees. One student shared his excitement, "this is the seriously the best day ever, I didn’t know we could learn outside of our classroom- our classroom is outside, I am going to tell my mom & dad about this place, Can we come back and check on the trees we planted? I can’t believe how much fun we are having!"
More details about the contest will be posted on parktrust.org after the winter break on January 6th.
|Ackerson Meadow borders Yosemite.|
Crowdrise is offering a Bonus Challenge to non-profits hosting events this month. The organization that gets the greatest number of donations, not amount raised, between December 16th at 2pm ET and December 23rd at 12pm ET will get a $10,000 donation. Please click on this Custom Email created for NPT and share it with anyone who loves nature, history, children, health and well-being … you get the idea. We have committed to raise $25,000 by December 31, 2014. Existing donors have provided seed money to cover the administrative costs of phase 1 of this project, so every dollar donated goes directly towards acquisition. Our Crowdrise event is a great way to make a larger impact and help instill a culture of philanthropy on your home. Why should you care about Ackerson Meadow?
The Ackerson Meadow property supports a wealth of species including those with elevated conservation status, including the western pond turtle, the Willow Flycatcher and the western mastiff bat. The habitat for these rare and threatened species is no longer conducive to mating and foraging . As part of Yosemite National Park, the property would be managed to create optimal conditions to support these sensitive species. As a result, the property's protection is a top priority for the National Park Service and has long been recognized as one of the highest conservation priorities in the Sierra Nevada. Once acquired, Ackerson Meadow will be donated to the National Park Service and will be an important addition to Yosemite National Park and its ecology.
Children from Sunshine Early Learning
Center visit the National Christmas tree.
This 107 children from Sunshine Early Learning Center (SELC) visited United States Botanic Garden, and President’s Park thanks to the continued support of the SunTrust Foundation. The 3 – 5 year olds had a blast visiting the White House, and the National Christmas Tree, both of which are a park of President’s Park.
National Park Trust Leadership Council member Diana Leon-Taylor stated, "Even though it was a cold day, the excitement and energy of the 100 pre-K students was palpable. Through National Park Trust and it's Buddy Bison school program, the children are using our parks for outdoor education and recreation -- and are learning how these special places are right in their backyard."
SunTrust is delighted to once again sponsor the Buddy Bison school program at Sunshine Early Childhood Learning Center. We have seen how transformational and important this program has been for the youngest residents in Anacostia and we are pleased to be making an important impact in our community, stated Fredric Walls, Managing Director and Senior Investment Advisor, SunTrust Bank. Why was the day so special?
The children had just finished their unit on trees so their trip to the Garden, as well as the Christmas tree, was timely and helped them put their learned skills to practice. They have started their unit on clothing, so the trip also helped in teaching them about what types of clothing go with the seasons as well as the types of clothing different professionals such as, park rangers need to wear for work. The SELC is one of two centers under the Southeast Children’s Fund, a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that provides early childhood education to children ages six months to three years, families, and early care and education professionals from Wards 7 and 8 of Washington, DC.
As you do your holiday shopping online, consider signing up for AmazonSmile. The AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of the purchase price from eligible items. Let Amazon do the work for you and help a child gain access to parks. Select National Park Trust as your charity of choice by going to Amazon Smile and logging in or create an account. That’s it! You can even have your friends and loved ones create wish lists at Amazon.com to make that choice of gift even easier.