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Congratulations National Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners!

The 10th Kids to Parks Day is Saturday, May 16, 2020! National Park Trust invites kids and families across the country to participate in this nationwide grassroots movement to discover and explore America’s parks, public lands, and waters.

As part of this annual celebration, National Park Trust is pleased to announce the winners of our 2020 Kids to Parks Day National School Contest! The contest winners will receive grants up to $1,000 to fund their park trips which encourage outdoor education, recreation, and stewardship. We received numerous exciting and inspirational contest entries, and are pleased to announce that this year, 109 grants will be awarded to 90 Title I schools to support over 5,400 students in grades pre-K through 12! The selected schools represent 37 states plus Washington, D.C. 

Thank you to our generous sponsors: The First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, the National Park Service, the Wyss Foundation and Hydro Flask. For more information about the contest, contact Emily Edgar at ktpcontest@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

Congratulations to all the winners! Now it’s time to get out and go!

2020 Kids to Parks Day National School Contest Winners

State

City

School

Alabama Auburn Wrights Mill Road Elementary School – 5th Grade
Tuscaloosa Westlawn Middle School – 7th Grade
Alaska Wasilla Finger Lake Elementary School – 4th Grade
Arizona Benson Benson High School – 12th Grade
California Coalinga Coalinga High School – 11th-12th Grades
King City Del Rey Elementary School – 4th Grade
Los Angeles Ninth Street Elementary School – 4th Grade
Modesto Prescott Jr High School – 8th Grade (3rd Period)
Modesto Prescott Jr High School – 8th Grade (4th Period)
Oakland Roosevelt Middle School – 6th-8th Grades
Piru Piru Elementary School – 4th Grade
Salinas La Joya Elementary School – 5th Grade
San Diego Gompers Preparatory Academy – 10th-12th Grades
Shafter Shafter Youth Center – K-8th Grades
Colorado Aurora Altura Elementary School – 5th Grade
Leadville West Park Elementary School – 2nd Grade
Saguache Mountain Valley School – 9th-12th Grades
Salinda Longfellow Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Thornton McElwain Elementary School – 2nd-3rd Grade
Thornton STEM Launch K-8 School – Kindergarten
Thornton Thornton Elementary School – Kindergarten
Delaware Newark Leasure Elementary School – 4th-5th Grade
District of Columbia Washington, D.C. Dorothy Height Elementary School – 1st Grade
Florida Boynton Beach SouthTech Academy – 9th-12th Grades
Daytona Beach Holly Hill Middle School – 6th-8th Grades
Enterprise Enterprise Elementary School – 2nd-5th Grades
Georgia Covington Middle Ridge Elementary School – 4th-5th Grades
Douglasville Arbor Station Elementary School – 2nd Grade
Douglasville South Douglas Elementary School – 4th Grade
Hawaii Captain Cook Honaunau Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Honoka’a Honoka’a High School – 10th-12th Grades
Idaho Aberdeen Aberdeen Middle School – 6th Grade
Caldwell Notus Elementary School – 6th Grade
Council Council Jr./Sr. High School – 8th Grade
Council Council Jr./Sr. High School – 10th Grade
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 4th Grade (Flynn)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 4th Grade (Morgan)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 4th Grade (Ray)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Leavitt)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Phelps)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Richardson)
Pocatello Tendoy Elementary School – 5th Grade (Perry)
Pocatello Tendoy Elementary School – 5th Grade (Son)
Illinois Donovan Donovan Elementary School – 5th Grade
Monmouth United West Elementary School – 5th Grade
Rock Falls East Coloma Nelson Middle School – 8th Grade
Indiana Laurel Laurel Elementary School – 5th-6th Grades
Spencer McCormick’s Creek Elementary School – 5th Grade
Washington Helen Griffith Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Iowa Bellevue Bellevue Elementary School & Maquoketa Elementary School – 7th Grade
Kansas Overland Park Comanche Elementary School – 5th Grade
Wichita Jardine STEM and Career Connections Academy – 4th, 5th & 8th Grades
Kentucky Columbia Adair County Elementary School – 4th Grade
Lexington Tates Creek Elementary School – 1st Grade
Louisiana Scott Scott Middle School 4-H Club – 6th-8th Grades
Maryland Baltimore Catonsville Education Center at RICA – 6th-12th Grades (Schreib, Schaefer, Foster, & Wasserback)
Baltimore Catonsville Education Center at RICA – 8th-12th Grade (Friedlander)
Elkton Cecil Manor Elementary School – PreK-Kindergarten
Elkton Cecil Manor Elementary School – 1st Grade
Elkton Cecil Manor Elementary School – 2nd-3rd Grades
Hagerstown Salem Avenue Elementary School – 5th Grade
Massachusetts Chicopee Dupont Middle School – 7th-8th Grades
Revere Whelan Elementary School – 2nd-5th Grades
Michigan Alpena Hinks Elementary School – 5th Grade
Burr Oak Burr Oak High School – 10h Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 10th Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 11th Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 12th Grade
Grand Rapids Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School – 5th Grade
Sparta Appleview Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Missouri St. Louis Marian Middle School – 5th Grade
Montana Lincoln Lincoln Elementary School – 3rd-6th Grade
Nevada Las Vegas Knudson Middle School – 7th Grade (3rd Period)
Las Vegas Knudson Middle School – 7th Grade (4th Period)
Las Vegas Knudson Middle School – 7th Grade (5th Period)
Pahrump Pahrump Valley High School – 9th-12th Grades
New Jersey Newark Abington Avenue School – 3rd Grade
Somerset Pine Grove Manor School – 2nd Grade
New Mexico Anthony Alta Vista Early College High School – 11th Grade
Los Lunas Valencia Elementary School – 1st Grade
New York Brentwood Brentwood High School – 12th Grade (Grella)
Brentwood Brentwood High School – 12th Grade (Jackson)
Central Islip Mulvey Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Huntington Station Stimson Middle School – 7th Grade
Wellsville Wellsville YMCA (After School Program) – 6th-8th Grades
North Carolina Raleigh Sanderson High School – 9th-12th Grades
North Dakota Valley City Jefferson Elementary School – Kindergarten-1st Grades
Ohio Akron National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School – 6th Grade
Akron National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School – 7th Grade
Cleveland Malachi Center After School Program – Kindergarten-8th Grades
Mount Gilead Mount Gilead Middle School – 7th Grade
Oregon Milwaukie Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center – 11th-12th Grades
Pennsylvania Conneaut Lake Conneaut Lake Middle School – 7th Grade
Easton March Elementary School – 4th Grade
Rhode Island East Providence Whiteknact Elementary School – 3rd Grade
East Providence Whiteknact Elementary School – 4th Grade
South Carolina Bamberg Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School – 9th-12th Grades
South Dakota Custer Custer Elementary School – 5th Grade
Tennessee Smithville Smithville Elementary School – Kindergarten
Utah Roy North Park Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Virginia Alexandria Bucknell Elementary School – 4th Grade (Ganjei)
Alexandria Bucknell Elementary School – 4th Grade (Kerr)
Altavista Altavista Middle School – 6th Grade
Atkins Atkins Elementary School – 5th Grade
Highland Springs Highland Springs High School – 9th-12th Grades
Richmond Barack Obama Elementary School – 5th Grade
Sugar Grove Sugar Grove Elementary School – 5th Grade
Washington Moses Lake Frontier Middle School – 8th Grade
Tonasket Tonasket Elementary School – 4th Grade

10 Parks That Tell Diverse Stories

In recent years, the National Park Service has made increasing efforts to tell the stories of all Americans – celebrating the diversity that makes our nation so special. Here are 10 park sites that tell those important stories.

 

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, GA

Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park, GA

This park gives you a glimpse into the life of MLK, and visitors have the option to visit his birth home and the church were he was known for inspiring his listeners. The Civil Rights movement spanned the entire country, but it is something special to see one place which was so crucial to its foundation.

Stonewall National Monument, NY

Stonewall National Monument, NY

This national monument preserves the location of the Stonewall Uprising in 1969, a protest which provided great momentum for the LGBTQ civil rights movement. Today, the park tells the story of LGBTQ activists and their ongoing struggle for equality.

Manzanar National Historic Site, CA

Manzanar National Historic Site, CA

Our nation’s involvement in WWII is looked upon with great pride and gratitude, but Manzanar tells a darker side to that story. It memorializes the 110,000 men, women, and children who were held in Japanese Internment Camps throughout the duration of the war.

Bandelier National Monument, NM

Bandelier National Monument, NM

Human history at Bandelier extends over 10,000 years ago, and permanent settlements of the Ancestral Pueblo people began to develop by 1150 CE. Today, this monument preserves the culture of the Pueblo people and provides educational opportunities to learn about their farming techniques and home construction.

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, AL

Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, AL

The confrontation which occurred between civil rights protesters and police in Birmingham made news around the world. Public outrage over these events helped spur political action to pass the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, NY

Harriet Tubman National Historical Park, NY

Harriet Tubman is well known for helping dozens of slaves escape and find freedom. Her incredible story is told at this New York park, where you can visit her residence as well as the cemetery at which she is buried.

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, HI

Ala Kahakai National Historic Trail, HI

This national park site spans 175 miles of corridor and trail networks throughout Hawaii which have cultural and historical significance. If you have an interest in learning more about native Hawaiian culture, this is the perfect park to visit.

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site, Washington, DC

Mary McLeod Bethune spent her whole life fighting for racial and gender equality, including founding the National Council of Negro Women in 1935. This historic site preserves the first headquarters of the NCNW and tells the story of this inspiring woman.

African Burial Ground National Monument, NY

African Burial Ground National Monument, NY

This Manhattan site is the oldest and largest known burial ground in the United States for both free and enslaved Africans. It honors the lives of those who are buried there, and serves as a reminder of the role slavery played in the construction of New York City.

César E. Chávez National Monument, CA

César E. Chávez National Monument, CA

César Chávez is widely known as one of the most influential Latino figures in US history. This national monument tells the story of how he formed the nation’s first permanent agricultural union and raised international attention to the issues faced by US farm workers.

 

Images: National Park Service

Apply Now for a Free Park Trip!

Kids to Parks Day is May 16, 2020! National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 10th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks and public lands.

In honor of this day, NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. This national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a Kids to Parks Day event at a local park or public land/waterway in their community.

Students must research and write the proposal themselves. (Though we encourage teachers to provide support and feedback!) Teachers and staff will also have a short section to complete as well. Your entries should explain how your experience will promote education, health and wellness, and park stewardship. NPT will award park grants up to $1,000 to winning entries. We encourage schools to implement their Kids to Parks Day event during the month of May 2020 but exceptions can be made based on school schedules.

The Contest opens October 23rd, 2019 and all entries are due by February 14th, 2020.

To learn more, or to apply, visit https://www.parktrust.org/kids-to-parks-day/school-contest/

2019 WINNERS – KIDS TO PARKS DAY SCHOOL CONTEST

 

State City School
Alaska Anchorage Chinook Elementary School – Girl Scout Troop 390
Wasilla Finger Lake Elementary School – 4th Grade (Ms. Heintzman)
Wasilla Finger Lake Elementary School – 4th Grade (Mr. Schwartz)
Arizona Tucson AmeriSchools Academy
Flagstaff Sinagua Middle School
California Coalinga Coalinga High School
King City Del Rey Elementary School
Moreno Valley Moreno Valley High School
Los Angeles Ninth Street School
Shafter Shafter Youth Center
Bell Gardens St. Gertrude the Great School
Colorado Saguache Mountain Valley School
Delaware Newark Wilson Elementary School – 3rd Grade
Newark Wilson Elementary School – 4th Grade
District of Columbia Washington, DC Dorothy Height Elementary School
Florida Enterprise Enterprise Elementary School
Boyton Beach SouthTech Academy
Georgia Douglasville Arbor Station Elementary School
Fort Gaines Clay County Elementary School
Covington Middle Ridge Elementary School
Hawaii Captain Cook Honaunau Elementary School
Honoka’a Honoka’a High School
Lihu’e Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School
Idaho Aberdeen Aberdeen Middle School
Council Council High School
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Ms. Leavitt)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Ms. Phelps)
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary School – 5th Grade (Mr. Richardson)
Caldwell Notus Elementary School
Illinois Donovan Donovan Elementary School
Monmouth United West Elementary School
Kansas Wichita Jardine STEM and Career Explorations Academy
Louisiana Scott Scott Middle School – 5th Grade
Scott Scott Middle School- 6th Grade
Scott Scott Middle School – 7th Grade
Scott Scott Middle School – 8th Grade
Maryland Baltimore Catonsville Education Center – RICA (Ms. Wasserbach)
Baltimore Catonsville Education Center – RICA – (Mr. Friedlander)
Elkton Cecil Manor Elementary School
Silver Spring Harmony Hills Elementary School
Silver Spring Jackson Road Elementary School (Proposal Prepared by the Bullis School)
Michigan Sparta Appleview Elementary School
Burr Oak Burr Oak High School – 7th Grade
Burr Oak Burr Oak High School – 9th Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 10th Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 11th Grade
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School – 12th Grade
Grand Rapids Southeast Kelloggsville Elementary School
Missouri St. Louis Marian Middle School
Maitland Nodaway-Holt Elementary School
Nebraska Sioux City Swett Elementary School
New Jersey Cape May Court House Middle Township High School
Somerset Pine Grove Manor School
New York Cheektowaga Cheektowaga Central High School
Brooklyn P.S. 7 Abraham Lincoln School
Wellsville Wellsville YMCA After-School Program
North Dakota Valley City Jefferson Elementary School
Ohio Cleveland Malachi Center
Mt. Gilead Mount Gilead Elementary School
Akron National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM Middle School
Oklahoma Stuart Stuart School
Oregon Milwaukie Sabin Schellenberg Professional Technical Center
Puerto Rico Toa Alta Manuel Velilla Cabrera Middle
Tennessee Afton Chuckey-Doak Middle School
Smithville Smithville Elementary School
Texas McAllen Lamar Academy
Dallas Trinity Environmental Academy
Houston YES Prep Northbrook High School
Virginia Alexandria Bucknell Elementary School – 4th Grade (Ms. Ganjei)
 Alexandria Bucknell Elementary School – 4th Grade (Ms. McKinney)
Richmond Franklin Military Academy
Glen Allen Greenwood Elementary School
Newport News Greenwood Elementary School
Lynchburg Heritage High School
Highland Springs Highland Springs High School
Henrico Lakeside Elementary School
Washington Montesano Simpson Elementary School
Tonasket Tonasket Elementary School
Wisconsin Laona Laona High School

Arts in Parks

October is Arts in Parks month! Whether you are inspired by a park to create your own art, wish to visit an artist in residence at a park, or tour a historic site to learn about an artist, the National Park system has so much to offer! To learn more about the artistic happenings in our parks, available all year long, visit  https://www.nps.gov/subjects/arts/index.htm

Four of NPT’s Buddy Bison Youth Leadership team participated in the #ParkArt challenge this month, check out their creative works of art below:

Photographed by Clara

Drawn by Penny

Painted by Sofia

Painted by Audrey