Our youth programs have been selected as a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project. Every dollar that we raise up to $450,000 will be matched to help us get under-served kids to parks. Donate now!
In partnership with NIPSCO, NPT has acquired 30 acres of land surrounding the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The land will be donated to NPS this September. Read More.
The Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility at Mojave National Preserve (a partnership between Chevron, NPS, and NPT) released 48 desert tortoise hatchlings into the wild as part of its “head-start" program earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Daly.)
A holiday break from school means more time to explore outdoors! Make it your goal to get outside at least once a day – maybe even consider making it your New Year’s resolution. Remember to bundle up, stay warm and take pictures with me – Buddy Bison. Mark your calendars, our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest will open in January; enter your class for a chance to win a scholarship for a park trip.
“Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!” Happy Holidays
A Reading from the “First Book” of Buddy – Storytime with Beauvoir
Last week, I was invited to read Buddy Bison Goes to a Park to 70 kindergarteners from Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington D.C. (This book was illustrated by my friends at Chester Community Charter School, PA) They laughed and giggled as I retold the story of my first park visit. My adventure sparked another aspiring author; Nicky who told me about the time she went to Yellowstone National Park:
I went to visit the Yellowstone Park with my parents, my sister and my grandparents. I saw bison, buffalos, and lots and lots of trees. We drove through the park and took pictures of the things we saw. It was a huge park and we got to see lots of places. My family and I had so much fun.
All of my books are available online but there is one catch – YOU have to provide the illustrations! Click here to access all five stories. Send us your illustrated books and we might feature you in our next newsletter.
Photo Courtesy of Capitol Christmas Tree Crew
Capitol Christmas Tree
The Capitol Christmas Tree has arrived in Washington D.C. after a 5,000-mile cross-country journey from Washington state! The tree, an 88-foot tall Engelmann Spruce, came from Colville National Forest, WA. It traveled across the country visiting 28 cities on it’s way to it's final destination - the White House.
As part of this nationwide adventure, Colville National Forest is looking for teachers to participate in the Capitol Christmas Tree postcard exchange. Schools from Washington state will be matched with a classroom along the tree’s travel route. The classrooms will receive postcards from Washington state schools, and they will have the opportunity to become pen pals though postcards, letters or emails. If interested, please contact Kathy Ahlenslager with the Colville National Forest (email@example.com, 509-690-4496).
Reid Elementary students enjoying their Kids to Parks School Contest trip
Win a Free Class Trip to a Park
It’s almost that time of year, our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is around the corner! The contest will open in January to all schools across the country grades pre-K - 12 and is a great way to win a scholarship up to $1000 for a park trip designed by students. Details will be posted on parktrust.org after the winter break.
One of our teachers last year wrote this about their visit to Crossroads Village & Huckleberry Railroad:
The students couldn't stop talking about their day, and everything they saw and learned. This visit left a lasting impression on the students that no history book can provide. If you want to really learn about history and understand what it was like to live over 100 years ago, you have to do just that, live it!
- Andrea Wilkerson – Reid Elementary; Grand Blanc, MI
Give the Gift of Buddy Bison
Need the perfect gift for the holidays? Buddy Bison, Buddy Bison T-shirt, and the 2014 NPT Calendar are great gifts for under $15.00 and will remind kids of all ages to get out and go! All proceeds will help to send an under-served kid to a park: Click here to get them while supplies last.