NATIONAL PARK TRUST BRINGS SUMMER CAMP TO KIDS AT HOME WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL PARK-THEMED GRAB AND GO ACTIVITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2020

Media Contact: Olwen Pongrace at 202.253.3190 or olwen@parktrust.org

NATIONAL PARK TRUST BRINGS SUMMER CAMP TO KIDS AT HOME WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL PARK-THEMED GRAB AND GO ACTIVITIES

“Camp Buddy Bison” to Feature Weekly Activities Focused on Getting to Know National Parks, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Virtual Park Tours, Art, Science, and More

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2020) – While summertime usually means it’s time to head off to camp, we know many kids and families will be at home this summer season due to social distancing measures. That’s why the National Park Trust and their mascot, Buddy Bison are bringing camp to kids with their new Camp Buddy Bison, which features weekly national park-themed activities. This four-week program, which begins July 6th, will be delivered via email and provides participants (most appropriate for upper-elementary aged children) with five weekly free activities that can be completed at home and facilitated by a parent or caregiver.

Each week will include activities centered around carbon footprint reduction, virtual park visits, park-themed activities, science lessons, and crafts. The national parks featured in Camp Buddy Bison include:

  • Week I – Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Week II – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Week III – Yellowstone National Park
  • Week IV – Grand Canyon National Park

To complete the camp experience, participants can opt to purchase a Buddy Bison t-shirt to wear during camp and National Park Trust will donate a t-shirt to a deserving student in the Buddy Bison School Program.

“During this unique summer camp season where physical distancing is recommended, we want to give kids and families the opportunity to stay engaged with our nation’s parks,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director, National Park Trust. “Our parks are wonderful classrooms and we are thrilled to bring them home to families by providing fun virtual and hands-on activities.”

To learn more about Camp Buddy Bison, please sign up for National Park Trust’s newsletter.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST

National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of preserving national parks through land protection and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, National Park Trust has benefitted 48 national park sites across 28 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. Annually, the Park Trust provides an estimated 20,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

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10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL PARK TRUST’S KIDS TO PARKS DAY GOES DIGITAL ON SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 AS ‘PARKS TO KIDS DAY’

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 4, 2020

Media Contact: Olwen Pongrace, 202.253.3190 or olwen@parktrust.org

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL PARK TRUST’S KIDS TO PARKS DAY GOES DIGITAL ON SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 AS ‘PARKS TO KIDS DAY’

Virtual Celebration Provides Fun Resources and Activities that Help Families Celebrate the Day While Practicing Social Distancing

Washington, D.C. (May 4, 2020) – With many parks and landmarks across the country closed due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, National Park Trust has officially declared the 10th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day as ‘Parks To Kids Day’ to be held on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The celebration brings a much-needed infusion of the outdoors to kids and families as they isolate close to home.

Understanding that nothing can replace an actual park experience, National Park Trust has developed a variety of family activities and distance learning opportunities available at www.kidstoparks.org. These activities can be completed at home, in a backyard or neighborhood, and help families celebrate the day safely. In addition to the online resources, National Park Trust has updated its free mobile ParkPassport App with new virtual park experiences and fun digital badges available through the Apple App Store and Google Play.

“Last year, Kids to Parks Day featured over 1500 park events in all 50 states with well over a million participants,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. “While there is no replacement for enjoying a day with friends and family at a park, we wanted to help families create park experiences at home by providing fun, engaging and educational activities that families can do together to celebrate the day. The HOW may be different this year, but the WHY is more important than ever before. We hope families will join us for this national day of outdoor play and park appreciation.”

National Park Trust encourages families to share their ‘Parks to Kids Day’ experiences on social media using #ParksToKids.

Mayors from more than  265 cities and towns – including Montgomery (AL), Wichita (KS), Newark (NJ), Olympia (WA), College Park (MD), Edgewater (CO), Alexandria(VA), Henderson (NV), Newark (NJ), Santa Fe (NM), and Cedar Rapids(IA) have signed proclamations of support and plan a digital approach to celebrate ‘Parks to Kids Day’.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST

National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of preserving national parks through land protection and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, National Park Trust has benefitted 48 national park sites across 28 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. Annually, the Park Trust provides an estimated 20,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

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National Park Trust Assists National Park Service in Securing Properties for St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2020

Contact: Phil Selleck, phil@parktrust.org, 301-279-7275 x14

Washington, D.C., April 15, 2020 –National Park Trust today announced the addition of 145 acres to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Park Trust received the three parcels of land from the State of Wisconsin, the original owners of the property. The complex project involved a land exchange in which the Park Trust worked with the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to identify and then purchase valuable timberland; then that land was traded for the state parcels in the north-central part of Wisconsin. The Park Trust transferred the three parcels to the National Park Service within days of taking ownership; they are now a part of the scenic riverway.

Among the rivers first designated under the Wild & Scenic Rivers Act, the St. Croix and Namekagon form the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Riverway protects over 230 miles of clean, free-flowing water and serves as critical habitat for over 100 species of fish, more than 55 mammals including wolves, and over 40 species of mussels, 5 of them endangered. The rivers, in northwest Wisconsin and east central Minnesota, flow through some of the most scenic and least developed country in the Upper Midwest.

“This land adds to the important natural corridor of the Riverway and strengthens protection of its ecological and scenic values. It would not have been possible without the collaboration and commitment of our partners at the National Park Trust and the State of Wisconsin. We are very thankful for their efforts,” said Julie Galonska, superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway.

The State of Wisconsin will also benefit from the productive timberland it acquired by the exchange on the Riverway. Revenue from the timber sales will be used to support K-12 school libraries around the state as well as the University of Wisconsin.

Donors to the Park Trust’s Treasure Forever Fund made this land acquisition possible. The newly established fund provides park and conservation partners with financing to act quickly in response to rare and time-sensitive conservation opportunities. After the Park Trust buys the property, the funds are “revolved” or returned to the fund after the land is purchased from the Park Trust by the National Park Service. “We are so grateful for the philanthropic contributions from our board and donors that made the Treasure Forever Fund possible. They are the ‘gifts that keep on giving’ as we use them to acquire more critical lands for the parks including this important project to expand the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway,” said Grace Lee, executive director of National Park Trust.

This free-flowing riverway, though logged many years ago, remains a high-quality aquatic habitat; mussel species that lived there 400 years ago are still living there today. The rivers are also known for outdoor recreation, including excellent opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and fishing, along with powerboating. Multi-day water trips are possible with campsites located along the river’s edge. Visitors hike, picnic, and enjoy the natural beauty at a variety of scenic viewpoints, including the Wisconsin Dells of the St. Croix. Learn more at www.nps.gov/sacn.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. It is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of protecting national parks through land acquisition and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, the Park Trust has preserved over 30,000 acres in 31 states, one U.S. Territory and Washington, DC. In 2019, National Park Trust engaged over 1 million people in their annual Kids to Parks Day, giving nearly 20,000 under-served kids trips to parks through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs. Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

 

 

 

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST TO HONOR SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO (HI) WITH 20th BRUCE F. VENTO PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

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Contact: Erin Mezgar, erin@parktrust.org, 301-279-7275 x15

NATIONAL PARK TRUST TO HONOR SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO (HI) WITH 20th BRUCE F. VENTO PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

Washington, D.C. (April 13, 2020) – National Park Trust is pleased to announce that Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI) will receive the 20th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Due to the impact of COVID-19, the senator will be honored on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at a virtual event.

She will be recognized for her exceptional work to protect our parks, public lands and natural resources while serving on the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, Subcommittee on National Parks, and Subcommittee on Public Lands, Forests, and Mining. Hirono also serves on the Committee on the Judiciary, Committee on Armed Services, Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, and Committee on Veterans’ Affairs.

In the 116th Congress, Senator Hirono introduced the Coral Sustainability Through Innovation Act of 2019, and the Botanical Sciences and Native Plant Materials Research, Restoration, and Promotion Act. She has also co-sponsored numerous public lands and natural resources bills in the 116th Congress, including the Land and Water Conservation Fund Permanent Funding Act, the ANTIQUITIES Act, the Restore Our Parks Act, the Extinction Prevention Act of 2019 and the Great American Outdoors Act. During her tenure as a Senator, she has introduced a number of bills that protect our parks and natural resources.

Senator Hirono introduced and passed two National Park-related resolutions, including a resolution recognizing the 100th anniversary of the establishment of Hawaii Volcanoes National Park and Haleakala National Park in Hawaii, and designating August 1, 2016 as “Hawaii Volcanoes and Haleakala National Parks Day.” During her service as ranking member of the National Parks Subcommittee on the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee, she joined Chair Steve Daines (MT) to introduce and pass a resolution celebrating National Park Week in 2017. Hirono has been an original cosponsor of similar resolutions each year since.

She is passionate about connecting children to the outdoors and public lands, and promoting service opportunities. Since 2015, she has co-sponsored the Senate resolution designating National Kids to Parks Day held annually on the third Saturday of May. Hirono also co-sponsored the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps Act, for which she was awarded an Outdoors Alliance for Kids Award in 2018. Additionally, she has continued to support programs like AmeriCorps that promote public service through environmental stewardship.

“People all over the world recognize Hawaii for our beautiful parks and natural resources. I have prioritized protecting these public spaces now and for future generations to explore and enjoy, and I join the National Park Trust in highlighting how our environment, communities, and children benefit from conserving parks and public lands,” Senator Hirono said.

“We are excited to recognize Senator Mazie Hirono for her service to support bi-partisan legislation and programs that preserve our public lands and waters as well as her work to create the next generation of park stewards,” stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. “Her leadership has led to significant steps in ensuring our public lands are treasured forever.”

National Park Trust established the Vento Award in 2001 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist, and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and their service, skill, and innovation in support of our public lands and waters. Past recipients include Sen. Richard Burr (NC), Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM), Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN), Rep. Betty McCollum (MN), Sen. Rob Portman (OH), Sen. Ron Wyden (OR), Rep. Mike Simpson (ID), Sen. Jeff Bingaman (NM), Sen. Susan Collins (ME), Sen. Mark Udall (CO), Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Sen. Harry Reid (NV), Rep. George Miller (CA), Sen. John McCain (AZ), Sen. Bob Graham (FL), Rep. John Lewis (GA), Rep. Connie Morella (MD), Rep. John Seiberling (OH), and Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas, Jr (AK).

To learn more about the event or purchase a ticket, please visit www.parktrust.org/vento.

 

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST

National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of preserving national parks through land protection and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, National Park Trust has benefitted 47 national park sites across 31 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. Annually, the Park Trust provides an estimated 20,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

 

All proceeds from the Vento Award event benefit the Park Trust’s mission and programs.

 

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST INTRODUCES SERIES OF ‘GRAB AND GO’ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Friday, March 27, 2020

Media Contact: Olwen Pongrace at olwen@parktrust.org or 202.253.3190

NATIONAL PARK TRUST INTRODUCES SERIES OF ‘GRAB AND GO’ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

ROCKVILLE, MD –To help parents who are entertaining and schooling their children at home during this time of school closure and social distancing, National Park Trust has launched a “Grab and Go” series of at-home activities and distance learning opportunities that bring parks to kids.

Fun, educational activity sheets can be downloaded and completed without leaving your neighborhood or backyard.

Activities in the first volume of the series include making a nature collage, creating a leaf or bark rubbing, listening to nature, a backyard scavenger hunt, and becoming a scientist by discovering items from nature and taking a closer look. New activities will be released in the coming weeks and can be found on www.parktrust.org.

“We want to provide easy, fun and educational resources for parents who are searching for activities that bring parks to kids and educate them while practicing social distancing,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust. “We hope this program will help kids stay connected with the outdoors as more and more learning is happening in front of a screen.”

For more information, please visit: www.parktrust.org

       

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of protecting national parks through land acquisition and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by getting kids to parks. Since 1983, the Park Trust has completed 73 land projects in 31 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. This school year, the Park Trust will provide 20,000 children with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools in under-served communities. Find out more about Kids to Parks Day at kidstoparks.org.

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