U.S. Senate Resolution Declares May 17th Kids to Parks Day
A Senate resolution has recently been passed, officialy recognizing May 17th, 2014 as National Kids to Parks Day. The resolution was sponsored by Senator Mark Udall (DCO), and co-sponsored by Senators Ron Wyden (OR), Mary Landrieu (LA) and Rob Portman (OH). To see the press release click here.
National Park Trust's 4th Annual KTP Day
Earlier this month NPT released a national press release to get the word out for our 4th Annual Kids to Parks Day. This year we are expecting more than half a million participants at the more than 1000 park events. Read the press release here.
Ararmark Joins 4th Annual Kids to Parks Day
Aramark recently joined Kids to Parks Day as a sponsor. To commemorate the day they will be hosting an event at Mesa Verde National Park. Click here for the full press release.
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).
This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.