COVID-19 has impacted the thousands of children, teachers, and families whom we support across the country as well as our beloved national parks and temporarily paused our Buddy Bison School Program. Read the full message from our executive director about COVID-19.
We engage kids with the great outdoors by providing fully funded park experiences that
1) align with classroom curricula,
2) encourage health and wellness through outdoor recreation, and
3) foster future park stewards and conservationists.
We currently serve 81 Title I public, public charter and private elementary and middle schools in
20 states and Washington, D.C.
More than 80% of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch.
Each school is supported by individuals, corporations, and foundations. Help us sustain our current schools and grow to support students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.
This week we are going to explore Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, Big Cypress National Preserve is the nation’s first national preserve. Covering over 720,000 acres of swampland, the freshwater that flows through the preserve sustains many ecosystems along Florida's southern coast. Big Cypress is home to both tropical and temperate plant communities and a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.
National Park Trust is pleased to announce that Heimy Salgado, a reading specialist at Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of National Park Trust’s 2020 National Educator Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship. The annual award recognizes an educator who has made a significant impact on his or her students’ understanding of the natural world and the importance of protecting our nation’s treasured parks.
This week we are going to explore Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The South Rim is the most visited section of the park at 7,000 feet above sea level and up to one mile above the valley floor. In addition to the stunning geological features that make the park famous, Grand Canyon has ties to 11 different Native American tribes and is home to over 1,500 plants and 500 animals.
Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) presented NPT with an inaugural OAK Leaf Award which recognized our “leadership and collaboration in connecting kids with nature.” Read more.