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2017 National Kids to Parks Day

School Contest Winners

National Park Trust is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Kids to Parks Day School Contest! The annual contest was open to all public, public charter and private schools across the U.S. in grades pre-K through 12, with priority given to students from under-resourced communities.

Each awarded school will receive a grant this spring for up to $1,000 to fund their park trip in celebration of Kids to Parks Day. And each winning proposal incorporated education, outdoor recreation, and park stewardship. This year’s proposals are outstanding! The winners include 70 schools representing 28 states and Washington, D.C. We look forward to featuring many of their park experiences on our website and in our upcoming newsletters.

A tremendous thanks to Northside, for their lead sponsorship of the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest which will fund many of these park experiences.

For more information about the contest, contact Billy Schrack, director of youth programs, at william@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275 x20.

Congratulations to our 70 schools! Now it’s time to plan your trip and celebrate KTP Day!


State City School Grade
Alaska Wasilla Finger Lake Elementary 4th
Arkansas Belleville Western Yell Elementary/HUGS Pre-K
Arizona Flagstaff Mount Elden Middle School 7th-8th
Flagstaff Sinagua Middle School 6th-8th
Tucson AmeriSchools Academy 5th
California King City Del Rey Elementary School 5th
Oakland Hoover Elementary – Byrne 5th
Oakland Hoover Elementary – McPeek 5th
Willow Creek Trinity Valley 3rd
Connecticut New Haven Fair Haven School 6th
Washington, D.C. Washington, D.C. School Without Walls at Francis Stevens 3rd-8th
Delaware Newark Leasure Elementary 4th-5th
Newark Leasure Elementary 3rd
Newark Wilson Elementary 5th
Newark Wilson Elementary 4th
Florida Baynton Beach SouthTech Academy 9th-12th
Georgia Covington Middle Ridge Elementary 1st-5th
Douglasville Arbor Station Elementary 4th
Douglasville Arbor Station Elementary 2nd
Douglasville Arbor Station Elementary 1st
Hawaii Captain Cook Honaunau Elementary 3rd
Honokaa Honokaa High & Intermediate 10th-12th
Lihu’e Kawaikini New Century Public Charter School 8th
Pukalani King Kekaulike High 10th-12th
Idaho E. Rigby Farnsworth Elementary 5th
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary – Leavitt 5th
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary – Richardson 5th
Pocatello Jefferson Elementary – Laggis 5th
Illinois Donovan Donovan Elementary 5th
East Dubuque East Dubuque Elementary School 4th
East Moline United Township High 9th-12th
Iowa Maquoketa Maquoketa Middle School 7th
Kentucky Burkesville Cumberland County Middle School 6th-8th
Lexington Tates Creek Elementary 1st
Louisiana Zachary Copper Mill Elementary 5th-6th
Maryland Baltimore RICA at Catonsville Educational Center 6th-12th
Baltimore RICA at Catonsville Educational Center 10th-12th
Baltimore RICA at Catonsville Educational Center 9th-12th
Gaithersburg Washington Grove c/o Bullis School 3rd
Hagerstown Salem Avenue Elementary 5th
Snow Hill Snow Hill Elementary 3rd
Massachusetts Jamaica Plain John F. Kennedy Elementary 4th
Jamaica Plain John F. Kennedy Elementary 3rd-5th
Michigan Calumet Horizons Alternative High School 10th
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School 11th
Calumet Horizons Alternative High School 12th
Grand Rapids Southeast Kellogsville Elementary 5th
Hillman Hillman Elementary 4th
Mt. Morris Montague Elementary 5th
Troy Susick Elementary 5th
Missouri Oregon South Holt JH 7th-8th
St. Louis Marian Middle School 5th
Nevada Las Vegas Red Rock Elementary 2nd
New Jersey Somerset Pine Grove Manor School 2nd
New York Brooklyn P.S. 7K Abraham Lincoln School K
Wayland Wayland-Cohocton Middle School 5th
North Carolina Hendersonville Dana Elementary 2nd
Spruce Pine Tri-County Christian School K-12th
North Dakota Bismark Jeannette Myrhe Elementary 4th
Valley City Jefferson Elementary K-1st
Ohio Akron National Inventors Hall of Fame STEM High School 11th-12th
Cleveland After-School All-Stars at Case Elementary 1st-5th
Columbus Eastgate Elementary After-School All-Stars K-5th
Maple Heights Maple Heights High 11th
Mount Gilead Mount Gilead Middle School 7th
Newbury Newbury High School 10th
Newbury Newbury Jr/Sr High School 7th
Tennessee Afton Chuckey-Doak Middle 6th-7th
Gatlinburg Pi Beta Phi Elementary 7th-8th
Sevierville Pigeon Forge Primary PreK-K
Texas Abilene Johnston Elementary 2nd
Carrollton Blalack Middle 6th
Virginia Atkins Atkins Elementary 5th
Gate City Gate City Middle 9th
Hiltons Hilton Elementary 3rd-4th
Kenbridge Kenbridge Elementary 4th
Sugar Grove Sugar Grove Elementary 5th
Washington Bellingham Alderwood Elementary 3rd
Bellingham Cordata Elementary 4th
Tonasket Tonasket Elementary 4th
Yakima Whitney Elementary 4th
Yakima Whitney Elementary/Wilson Middle K-8th



  • Contest Information

    Contest Information

    Welcome to the Kids to Parks Day School Contest. 2017’s contest is closed, winners will be announced March 1.

    Watch our school contest video from 2016.

    How to enter:

    1. Students must complete the two-page entry form
    2. Winners will receive: PDF
    3. Email, mail, or fax the proposal to:
      National Park Trust
      c/o Kids to Parks Day School Contest
      401 E. Jefferson Street
      Suite 207
      Rockville, MD 20850 or
      Fax: (301) 279-7211

      If you have any questions, please email or call Billy Schrack or Katie Zimmerman at (301) 279-7275

  • Sample Contest Entries

    Sample Contest Entries

    We encourage everyone to be as creative as possible with your contest entries. Feel free to include videos, pictures, drawings, and/or letters. Below are some examples of past winning entries that can serve as a guide.

    Questions? Contact Billy Schrack or Katie Zimmerman at (301) 279-7275

  • Past Winners

    Past Winners

    View past winners of our National School Contest.