NPT News - April 2014

April 2014 News
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Countdown to Kids to Parks Day!

Can you believe it’s nearly May? That means Kids to Parks Day Day is around the corner. Mark your calendar for May 17th and take the pledge to get outdoors. Kids to Parks Day is our national grassroots movement and officialy supports the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative. Our goal is to get kids across the country outdoors playing in parks and public lands. To date, there are more than 850 park events taking place across the country. Click here to see which events are near you.

Thanks to our partners, we also will be offering some wonderful prizes weekly and also a GRAND prize from the NFL Players Association, The North Face, CamelBak, National Geographic, Falcon Guides and Commonwealth Joe! For a chance to win, take the pledge and follow us on Facebook or Twitter. Get out and go!

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2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

Senator Ron Wyden (OR) will be presented with the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award this June at NPT's annual award reception in Washington, D.C. at the Newseum. The Senator will be recognized for his decades of leadership to protect and preserve our parks and public lands, and for his long-term commitment to support full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Prior to his selection as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senator served as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“Preserving Oregon’s special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor,” said Senator Wyden.

To purchase tickets to the event or to become a sponsor, click here.

Buddy Bison Visits Historic Jamestowne

Earlier this month, 4th graders from Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield, VA stepped back in time at Historic Jamestowne. The students, thanks to sponsorship from Dominion Power, were able to make the trip to the island and learn about colonial history from a unique perspective. Exploring the settlement, learning about the culture and history of the island, they saw what life was like in the 18th century and even had the opportunity to walk on original ships that made the trek across the Atlantic! For most of the students this was their first visit to Historic Jamestowne, and they are hopeful to return and continue exploring with their families.

The 4th and 5th grade students also will be visited by the Earth Conservation Corps this week, before their last trip of the semester to the Potomac Outlook Regional Park. The teachers also received Buddy Bison toolkits full of maps, books and DVD's for their classrooms. Thank you Dominion Power for sponsoring Lynbrook Elementary this year!

Buddy Bison Students Restore Jean Lafitte NHP&P

Early March kicked off the beginning of a multi-year partnership with NPT and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Through 2017, NPT will be working with the National Park Service and local school groups to restore the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery by planting native trees. They also will be learning about the park's rich and diverse cultural history. Fifth graders from Chalmette Elementary donned boots, gloves and safety goggles and assisted in planting 180 trees; the native hardwoods will preserve the beauty of the park while replacing storm damaged trees.

“They made an immediate difference in the appearance of the battlefield and the national cemetery. In the long run, the site will look better and better as the trees grow, and every time those participants pass by, they’ll see their trees and know that they played an important part in preserving these sites for everyone to enjoy in the future,” said Jean Lafitte’s Chief of Resource Management, Guy Hughes.

Students will visit the park again before the end of the school year to monitor the trees. Over the next four years, NPT is providing funding for planting materials including trees, equipment, boots, gloves, goggles and monitoring tools.


Buddy Bison Visits Earth Day Texas

Not only has Buddy Bison been sighted at Jamestown, VA and Chalmette, LA this spring, but last weekend he also was seen at the largest Earth Day celebration in the world at Fair Park in Dallas, Texas. Originally established by Trammell S. Crow as Earth Day Dallas, this year's two-day event was expanded to include 800 exhibitor booths and live entertainment.

Buddy Bison made thousands of new friends of all ages this past weekend who eagerly signed up to participate in Kids to Parks Day on May 17th, and were excited to see the large number of events taking place in Texas to celebrate the day!

To learn more about Earth Day Texas, click here.


Washington Monument to Reopen

Nearly three years since the scaffolding went up, the Washington Monument is set to reopen its doors to the public on Monday, May 12. In 2011, the monument sustained more than $15 million in damages after an unexpected 5.8 magnitude earthquake. Workers have repaired more than 150 cracks in the 555-foot stone structure that was built to honor president George Washington.

The National Park Service will extend the hours of operation for the monument from 9 AM to 10 PM throughout the summer. Get your tickets online now; a large number of visitors are expected this spring and summer.

To read the full press release about the reopening click here.

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Sponsor Spotlight

Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC makes it a priority to give back to the people and communities they represent, and are one of the nation’s leading contributors to mesothelioma cancer research. The firm supports a wide variety of organizations and has been a lead sponsor of our Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception for many years.

"Because of the extraordinary sense of community and compassion that the Simmons Law Firm possesses, the world is a better place," said Sue Vento, member of the NPT Leadership Committee.

All proceeds from the event support our park preservation projects and youth education programs. Through Simmons' annual support of the Vento event, NPT has advanced numerous park preservation projects and engaged thousands of children from under-served communities with experiential learning in local, state and national parks.

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