• Watch this video from Kids to Parks Day 2014. 
    Save the date! The 5th annual Kids to Parks Day 2015 is May 16th.

  • CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS

    Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider co-branding programs that your park has already planned. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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  • We celebrated our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and want to thank you for joining us in this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.

    States, cities and towns across the country participated by proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Parks Day. We are already excited for Kids to Parks Day 2015. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 16th, 2015 as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents! 

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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Our Sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge all of the sponsors and members of the National Park Trust.  We want to especially recognize and thank the following sponsors who make possible our work to preserve our nation's parks and reconnect children and their families to nature.

 

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Bill and Lynn Brownell       Charles and Ann Knauss       
Lucy R. Waletzky

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The Rocksprings Foundation       Jim and Mary Speyer

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The Clark Charitable Foundation
Jonathan and Jodi Cohen            John and Anne Rollins
Winston Hickox                            Toni and Lee Verstandig

For more information about National Park Trust sponsorship opportunities, please contact Development Director, Shana Newman Fajardo, at shana@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

 

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We thank our generous sponsors

We gratefully acknowledge all of the sponsors and donors who support the work of National Park Trust. We want to especially recognize and thank the following leadership sponsors who make possible our mission to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. To learn more about each sponsor's unique contribution, please click on their names below.

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Chevron

In 2011, Chevron partnered with NPT to oversee the management of the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility in the Mojave National Preserve in CA. Located on seven acres adjacent to the Preserve, the solar-powered facility and its outdoor dens are being used to hatch, study and protect the threatened desert tortoise. NPT reached an agreement with Chevron that would allow the Trust to manage the facility as interim steward while researchers from the University of California, Davis and the Savannah River Ecology Lab (GA) conducted their research on the tortoises and the National Park Service could take ownership of the facility. Chevron also has donated funds to NPT that are being used to fund tortoise research at the facility over several years. 

NIPSCO

nipscoIn 2013, NPT partnered with the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire two critical parcels of land which will expand the boundary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Gary, IN. NIPSCO provided the funding to acquire the properties and also helped facilitate the donation of an additional parcel. Ultimately, the land will be used to develop trails adjacent to the visitor center with wayside exhibits on restoration methods being used throughout the lakeshore. 

 

2014 Youth Programs Sponsors

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Caesars Foundation


CaesarsFoundationNPT's partnership with Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Foundation began in 2010, when they provided critical resources to create Buddy Bison park experiences for under-served schools in Nevada and California. Since that time, Caesars has generously provided funding to engage new Buddy Bison partner schools in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; Valley Forge, PA; Council Bluffs, IA; North Kansas City, MO; and Atlantic City, NJ. In addition, Caesars has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day since 2011. As a sponsor, Caesars properties across the country have hosted events in their community that focused on conversation, outdoor recreation and health and wellness. In 2014, NPT and Caesars will launch a carbon reduction contest where students will be able to work alongside Caesars employees to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint in the classroom and at home. 

Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.

Southern Company LogoThanks to our important partnership with Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc, 700 elementary school students from Georgia and Mississippi were inducted into the Buddy Bison school program over the past two years.

Southern’s past support also enabled NPT to grant students with Kids to Parks Day scholarships through our National School Contest. In addition, Southern's funding was instrumental in the creation and distribution of the Kennesaw Education Module which provides teachers with lesson plans including 6 STEM activities integrating NPT’s preservation work at the park with the students’ core classroom curriculum. In addition, each classroom also received Buddy Bison toolkits full of many environmental education resources including National Geographic books, park maps, DVDs, lesson plans, and worksheets. In 2014, thanks to Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc., NPT will once again work with children from under-served communities in Mississippi and Georgia. 

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First Solar

firstsolarIn 2012, over 100 students from California and Nevada, ranging from grades K-8 visited Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park to learn about their unique desert ecosystems thanks to a generous grant from First Solar. More recently, First Solar Charitable Foundation has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day and provided critical grant funding to help students across the country create their own Kids to Parks Day events through our National School Contest.

Katten Muchin Roseman LLP

katten muchin rosenman logoIn 2012, Katten Muchin Roseman, LLP "adopted" Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL and provided generous funding to enable the school's 5th grade students to participate in the Buddy Bison school program. Most recently, Pam Alexandroff, a fifth grade teacher at Jose de Diego was awarded NPT's teacher award, "The Buddy" for excellence in environmental education. In June 2014, Pam traveled from Chicago to join NPT at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception in Washington, D.C. thanks to a grant from Katten.

Pepco

Clark FoundationIn 2012, NPT welcomed Neval Thomas Elementary School in Washington, D.C. into the Buddy Bison school program and in 2013, Pepco provided an additional grant to enable students from Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, MD to participate in the program. Since that time, they have participated in a number of outdoor activities at parks in the D.C. area including canoeing on the Anacostia River.

Booz Allen Hamilton

BAH 100TH LOGO black red taglineBooz Allen Hamilton has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day since 2013 and has encouraged their employees to celebrate the day each May. Their employees have participated in a number of Kids to Parks Day events across the county and in 2014, volunteer teams in Colorado Springs, CO; Richmond, VA; and Washington, D.C. provided on-site support to park staff.

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Since 2012, the Buddy Bison school program has impacted students from Washington Jesuit Academy thanks to a generous grant from The Clark Charitable Foundation. The school's 5-8th grade students have participated in dynamic environmental learning opportunities throughout Washington, D.C. including visits to Rock Creek Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and canoe trips on the Anacostia River. 
 

Dominion Power

katten muchin rosenman logoNPT welcomed Lynnbrook Elementary School in Springfield, VA to Buddy Bison program in 2013 thanks to a generous grant from Dominion Power's Environmental Stewardship grant program. Students had the opportunity to provide a testimonial about their park experiences at NPT's annual Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception honoring Senator Ron Wyden. View videos from the event.

The Rocksprings Foundation

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The Rocksprings Foundation has been a longtime supporter of National Park Trust's Youth Programs. In 2009, the Foundation provided lead funding to launch our Buddy Bison school program in Washington, D.C. Since that time, they have provided generous annual funding to enable students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD to visit an outdoor education center in Harpers Ferry, WV during their spring break. In addition, the Foundation has also provided funding to bring the Buddy Bison school program to St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD for the past four years.

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The North Face

Through the North Face's Explore Fund grant program, NPT has engaged children in California, New York and Washington, D.C. in a variety of outdoor learning experiences from hiking through the Santa Monica Mountains in CA to learning about water quality at Brooklyn Bridge park. In addition to their support through this signature grant program, the North Face has also been an annual sponsor of Kids to Parks Day and have dedicated their funding to support our National School Contest.

SunTrust Bank

suntrustlogoSunTrust Bank helped NPT launch the Buddy Bison program at its first preschool in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Through this partnership, the children from Sunshine Early Learning Center have participated in a variety of outdoor experiences in their community thanks to this generous grant.

Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter of National Park Trust's youth education initiatives. Since 2011, they have awarded NPT with an annual grant to enable students from Jefferson Houston in Alexandria, VA participate in the Buddy Bison program.

 

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The sponsors below were supporters of the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. To learn more about the event, and if you may like to be a future sponsor, click here.

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Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC  makes it a priority to give back to the people and communities they represent, and are one of the nation’s leading contributors to mesothelioma cancer research. The firm supports a wide variety of organizations and has been a lead sponsor of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception for many years.


Prudential

Pru RGBPrudential Financial Inc. has a long history of commitment to providing financial resources to help develop communities and drive progress. Support is given to organizations dedicated to eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility through philanthropic grants, social investments and employee engagement.
Prudential will also be bringing a new school into the Buddy Bison School Program, the Fossil Charter School in Fossil, OR.

3M

3M Company and Foundation places a heavy emphasis on education, specifically promoting STEM, with many grants being used create hands on engineering projects for students.  3M has been a sponsor of NPT's Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2008, and again supported this year's event honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon.

Emerson Electric Company

Emerson Electric is a strong advocate for community support, which they provide by promoting education and health. Emerson supports learning through schools, cultural institutions and programs. They also invest in the character, values and future prosperity of our youth and support the infrastructures of communities the company does business in.Emerson will also be bringing a new school to our Buddy Bison School Program,Boise-Eliot/Humboldt Elementary School in Portland, OR.

Hunton & Williams LLP

Hunton & Williams, LLP gives back to the community through philanthropic donations and pro bono legal work, with more 225 national and regional philanthropic organizations and over 50,000 hours of pro bono legal work provided in 2012. Hunton & Williams has been supporting NPT through the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2002, with all proceeds benefiting our park preservation and youth education programs.

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Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP

Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Gilbert LLP

Gilbert LLP sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Greenberg Traurig LLP

Greenberg Traurig LLP sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Guest Services, Inc.

guestservicesGuest Services sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

National Association of Realtors

The National Association of Realtors sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Portland General Electric

Portland General Electric sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Plum Creek Timber Company

Plum Creek Timber Company sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Timbervest

Timbervest sponsored the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Ron Wyden of Oregon. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

For more information about National Park Trust sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Grace Lee, at grace@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275 ext. 14.

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How You Can Help

Here's how you can help protect our precious parklands and reconnect children and their family with our nation's parks.

Become a Member

As a member of National Park Trust: you know that current projects to preserve and protect critical lands will continue; you see the difference your contribution makes in the lives of the children who attend outdoor education programs as part of our Youth to Parks scholarship program; you discover our national heritage as NPT preserves the legacy of historic monuments for successive generations. You can become a member and support our important projects by clicking here. Please provide your email address to receive our monthly eNewsletter, NPT News, which highlights how NPT is implementing its vision that "Everyone will have an American Park Experience".

Member benefits at the $35 level include:
  • Annual Report
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  • Free monthly online newsletter, NPT News (please provide your email address when making a donation) and Buddy Bison's Buzz
  • Invitations to NPT special events


For a donation of $100 or more, you will be recognized in our Annual Report

The most important benefit is the knowledge that your support is saving our magnificent parklands and making sure that America's youth experience them in meaningful ways.

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Your contribution assures NPT's continued leadership in protecting America's treasured parklands. Thank you for believing in what we do! Click here to donate. The National Park Trust is a non-profit charitable organization exempt from taxation. All contributions are 100 percent tax deductible.

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One of the easiest ways to contribute to National Park Trust. You can send a check made out to National Park Trust, donate by credit card, or online here.

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  • Make your check payable to National Park Trust, and mail your donation form with your contribution to:
    National Park Trust
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  • Call our office (301) 279-7275 with your credit card information between the hours of 10am and 5pm EST Monday through Friday

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Refer a Friend to our website www.parktrust.org , tell them what a difference they can make when they join you as a member of National Park Trust!

Donate Monthly

Contribute monthly, quarterly, or annually on an ongoing basis. Make your initial donation online here; future donations will be automatically charged to your credit card. You can change your options at any time and an email receipt will be sent for each gift.

Honor a Family Member or Friend

Make a gift to NPT to honor family and friends. NPT will prepare a special card to notify them of your thoughtful gift.

Gifts of Securities

Appreciated securities will allow you to make a donation and enjoy significant tax benefits. You will receive an income tax charitable donation for the full fair market value of the securities and avoid all or part of your capital-gains tax. Your broker can transfer securities electronically to NPT.

Workplace Giving

Federal employees can designate a portion of their paycheck to NPT through the Combined Federal Campaigns (CFC). Our CFC number is 12213. NPT also participates in many State Employee Campaigns.

Corporate Matching Gifts

Many employers match charitable gifts made by employees, enabling you to double or even triple your donation. Check with your personnel office about your company's matching gift program.

Gifts by Will: Bequests

Bequests enable you to provide for NPT's work in perpetuity. You can donate a specific dollar amount, personal property, real estate, a percentage of your estate's value, or a part or all of the remainder of your estate. Contact us for further details on how you can give a legacy gift.

Planned Gifts

Popular life income gift options include charitable remainder trusts and charitable gift annuities.

Life Insurance and Retirement Plans

You can designate NPT as the owner and beneficiary of a life insurance policy. Premiums on such policies may be tax deductible. Retirement plans are another asset that you can leave to NPT, especially since both estate and income taxes can be avoided when NPT is named a beneficiary.

To learn which options are best for your situation, consult your attorney or tax accountant. NPT is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) tax-exempt corporation. All contributions to NPT are tax deductible to the extent allowed by the law.

Share your own adventures by telling us where your of Buddy Bison's been!

Contact shana@parktrust.org for your own buddy bison! Let us know which National, State or Local Park your Buddy has visited! Click here to see where Buddy's been so far.

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