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.)
Jewell Announces Major Funding for Conservation Service Corps
The Department of the Interior began the new year with Secretary Sally Jewell announcing the first major donation of private funding to support the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps (21CSC). American Eagle Outfitters committed $1 million towards a $20 million goal.
New Project at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park to Engage Local Students
NPT will be launching a new project at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve (LA) — to restore native plants and trees at the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery — in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans and upcoming centennial of the National Park Service. Over the next three to five years NPT will be working with local elementary school students to restore the battlefield to its original landscape, providing visitors with a more enhanced park experience.
Kids to Parks Day is fast approaching! In addition to joining thousands of others around the country for a day of outdoor fun on May 17th, students can win a park scholarship for their school trip. The Kids to Parks Day National School contest was created to engage students with their local parks and is open to all schools across the country (grades Pre-K through 12). NPT will award scholarships up to $1,000 to winning entries to be used for their KTP park trip during the month of May.
What better way to kick off the new year and the 5th year of our Buddy Bison school program than to debut our spruced-up more park-oriented Buddy Bison logo that complements our organization's new logo? Buddy Bison has rapidly become the "face" of park stewardship and outdoor recreation for hundreds of thousands of kids and their families across the country!
Remember, you can get your own pint-sized Buddy Bison by clicking here. Then send us photos of you with Buddy at a park to email@example.com. We may feature your photo in our student newsletter: Buddy Bison's Buzz! Did you know that when you purchase a Buddy Bison you help send an under-served child to a park? All proceeds from our sales of Buddy Bison benefit our Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund. All national parks are free on President's Day Weekend, February 15-17. So grab your Buddy Bison, camera, and get out and go!
NPT thanks artist Lisa Barry of Barry Artistic for donating her talents to redesign our Buddy Bison logo.