NPT News - October 2013

October 2013 NEWS
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Three New Board Members Elected

National Park Trust is pleased to announce the election of Charles Pardoe (left), Christopher Graham and Ann Gaultieri to its Board of Trustees.

"We are delighted to welcome Chris, Ann, and Charles to our Board. They are passionate about NPT's mission of protecting our parks and engaging our young people with the outdoors. Their diverse professional and personal backgrounds are wonderful assets to our board and staff as we all work together to ensure that everyone will have American park experiences – experiences that will be treasured forever,” said Bill Brownell, NPT Board Chair.

Click here to read a brief bio of each of our new members.

New Outdoor Classroom at Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in Saint Paul, MN

"It may have been a chilly, rainy day, but the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary was warmed with beaming smiles from the many neighbors, supporters and friends who celebrated the dedication of the new outdoor classroom this past Saturday afternoon," stated Sue Vento, NPT Leadership Council member.

"I know that Bruce would be so humbled and excited and would have been itching to start right in with a lesson or two. His family and I are so grateful to National Park Trust for its years of support for the Sanctuary and for its work to make the outdoor classroom a reality. The Sanctuary is a wonderful urban jewel that for generations to come will provide educational opportunities for learners of all age."

Click here to read more about NPT’s involvement and the 3M Foundation's lead gift.

Welcome Beacon Heights Elementary

This month, NPT welcomed Beacon Heights Elementary in Riverdale, MD into our Buddy Bison environmental education program thanks to a generous grant from Pepco.

"We are delighted to expand our partnership with the National Park Trust and our participation in this important program," said Jerry Pasternak, Vice President Pepco Region Maryland. "Pepco is committed to helping our youth better understand the importance of being physically active and engaged with nature and the environment, and this program is one way we can create a positive learning experience for students." Click here to read more.

National Parks are OPEN!

With the government now open for business, the 715,000 park visitors that were being turned away daily can now enter and enjoy our national parks. An estimated $76 million in visitor spending was lost each day visitors were turned away. Click here to read more about the effects of the shutdown on NPT and our national parks.

Thirty Years of Accomplishment: A Project from the Past – Big Cypress National Preserve

Over the past thirty years, National Park Trust has preserved thousands of acres of parkland with significant historic and environmental impacts. NPT founding Board member John Rollins recounts one example of such an acquisition: Big Cypress National Preserve in southern Florida. Click here to read more about this project and its impact on the natural habitats of southern Florida.

There is still time!
30 Years - 30 Schools - 30 Days

You still have 8 days to double the impact of your support for NPT. Each gift up to $30,000 received by October 31st will be matched by NPT’s Board of Trustees in honor of our 30th year. Help us celebrate this milestone birthday by making a gift of $30 or more today! Your gifts will impact 10,000 students at more than 30 schools this year.

We are proud to announce once again that 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.

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