NPT News - September 2013

September 2013 NEWS
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New School Year, New Buddy Bison Schools

As we welcome our students back this school year, we also are excited to launch the Where’s Buddy Bison Been?® school program at five new schools this fall. We are thankful for the generous support from our sponsors: Southern Company Charitable Foundation Inc., Caesars Foundation and Pepco. Click here to find out which schools have joined our program!

30 Years - 30 Schools - 30 Days

We are excited to announce that through October 31, NPT’s Board of Trustees will match every gift raised up to $30,000 in honor of our 30th year. Help us celebrate this milestone birthday by making a gift of $30 or more today! These gifts will provide 30 schools with transportation to explore a local, state or national park in their community and educational resources focusing on conservation, STEM, history and outdoor recreation. Your gifts will impact nearly 3,000 students this school year.

We are proud to announce that once again, we have been awarded a Top Ranking of A- from Charity Watch, meeting all 20 standards of the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance, and have been designated as “one of the best” by Catalogue for Philanthropy. NPT also is a Gold-level GuideStar Exchange participant and has demonstrated a commitment to transparency. In fiscal year 2013, 84% of our resources were spent directly on programs.


Thirty Years of Accomplishments: A Project from the Past

National Park Trust has undertaken and accomplished a number of projects over the past three decades, with several involving very important historic sites. One such example is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Kentucky. Click here to read more about how NPT helped to preserve this important site in presidential history.


September 28th is National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day 2013 celebrates its 20th anniversary. Public Lands Day is the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort for public lands. This day keeps the promise made by the Civilian Conservation Corps that worked from 1933-1942 to preserve and protect America’s natural heritage. The event will inspire thousands of people across the country to complete service projects in parks. Visit NPLD’s website to join other volunteers in your community this weekend!

National Parks Work to Appeal to Minorities

A recent New York Times article, discussed the National Park Service's challenge to engage a more diverse population of visitors. NPS visitor statistics show that the majority of visitors do not reflect the growing minority groups represented in our country. NPT recognizes that minority children often are more cut-off from nature due to the ‘built environment’ around them. Click here to read more about this issue and how NPT is helping to reverse this trend.

Benefits of Outdoor Play

The National Environmental Education Foundation recently released information about the correlation between children’s health and nature. As outdoor activity in the natural environment has taken a back seat to television, video games, computers, and schoolwork, today’s youth are missing key opportunities for physical activity, stress reduction, attention restoration, and healthy development. The article details how unstructured outdoor play can help children be healthier in all aspects of their lives. Click here to read the full article.


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