Check out the winners of this year’s Kids to Parks Day National School Contest! We had many wonderful applications and are thrilled to fund 43 schools benefiting 3,200 students (grades preK–12) in 29 states, from Alaska to Hawaii to Arkansas to New York!
More than 70% of the kids qualify for free or reduced-price lunch. The winning proposals addressed a wide range of education, stewardship, and health and wellness initiatives. Click here to see a news story about students from Alderwood Elementary in Washington state, one of this year's scholarship winners.
Click here for the full list of 2014 KTP contest winners. Congratulations!
Countdown to Kids to Parks Day!
Have you marked your calendar? KTP Day is less than two months away on Saturday, May 17. Starting April 1, we will kick off our countdown by having a FaceBook contest. Weekly winners can win a North Face backpack, a Camelbak hydration pack, books from National Geographic Kids, Falcon Books and much more! In addition, if you register to participate at kidstoparks.org you'll be able to access lots of free park resources AND will be automatically entered for a chance to win our grand prize. Click here to check out park events near you and here to see how many mayors and states are proclaiming the day. Is your city or town included? If not, send the proclamation to your mayor today.
NPT Recognized by TPL for Partnerships
National Park Trust’s important partnership with The Trust for Public Land has resulted in the completion of national park preservation projects including the acquisition of 120 acres within Glacier National Park, 42 acres within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and a 30-acre parcel located within Zion National Park.
This month, Marsha Runningen, legislative director of The Trust for Public Land recognized NPT by presenting a framed photograph of Tabernacle Dome in Zion to NPT’s board chair Bill Brownell (center) and land and park preservation committee chair, Jonathan Cohen.
"The Trust for Public Land is grateful to National Park Trust for helping us to act quickly to save this land from development. The view of Tabernacle Dome from the Kolob Terrace Road will remain an inspiring sight to be enjoyed by visitors to Zion for generations to come", stated Marsha Runningen.
Happy Anniversary to First Lady Michelle Obama and Let’s Move! which was initiated to improve health and wellness and address the alarming obesity rate in our country. Let’s Move Outside! encourages kids and families to go outdoors and move in nature. To learn more about Let’s Move! and see what healthy choices you and your family can make click here. Check out this video that shows how the First Lady has moved throughout the year! And remember National Parks are free April 19 & 20th for National Parks week, so get out and go!
Play, Work, Serve and Learn with Secretary Jewell and the 21st Century Conservation Service Corps
Earlier this month, Secretary Sally Jewell issued a Secretarial Order to expand and support the Obama Administration's 21st Century Conservation Service Corps, the modern day version of the Civilian Conservation Corp. The Order included 4 major goals which include play, learn, serve, and work. These key components include developing or enhancing outdoor recreation partnerships, providing educational opportunities for young people, and generating a new generation of park stewards.
In order to accomplish this, Secretary Jewell and DOI are working to create public-private partnerships. These partnership will create new avenues of funding that will allow young adults to learn, gain work experience, and assist with the protection and upkeep of our parks and public lands, without placing further strain on the DOI budget. Click here to watch the video of Secretary Jewell or to read the full press release and long term goals of the 21CSC.
National Parks Draw 273.6 Million Visitors in 2013
NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis has released the 2013 visitation figures for America’s national parks: more than 273.6 million visits were made to the 401 parks, historic sites and recreation areas that are a part of the NPS. These figures are down from last year, however with more than a half billion visits it is clear that even with a loss of 16 prime days in the fall, many people were still able to enjoy the beauty of our national parks. Click here to read the full news release and see the most popular locations and parks for 2013.
Shop on Amazon and Make NPT Smile!
AmazonSmile is a simple and automatic way to support your favorite charity including NPT every time you shop, at no cost to you! When you visit smile.amazon.com, you’ll find the same great prices, selection, and shopping experience you would on Amazon.com, with the bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to your favorite non-profit organization. Remember, the next time you shop online type smile.amazon.com in your browser, log in and you’re ready to shop. Be sure to bookmark the site so it’s ready to go the next time you shop online. A little bit goes a long way when you designate NPT as your charity. Thank you!