• Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video.​

    Mapping our progress


  • Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.

  • Buddy Bison® School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids

    The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).

    This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Director of Youth Programs.

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National Park Trust, Caesars Entertainment Celebrate National Park Service Centennial with Y Students


Local Students Participate in Historic 100th birthday celebration at Fort McHenry; Local Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs Participate

For Immediate Release

BALTIMORE (Aug. 15, 2016) -- On August 25th, the Centennial of the National Park Service, 60 elementary school students (grades 3 to 5) from three Baltimore City Y Community Schools, will particiape at at marquee 100th anniversary celebtration at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

The event is organized by the non-profit National Park Trust (NPT), which is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The celebration is an extension of NPT’s national Buddy Bison school program, in which students learn about STEM, history, social studies, and health and wellness through outdoor recreation.

“This celebration is 100 years in the making,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. “We are depending on our youth to serve as the next generation of park stewards. By spending this day at Fort McHenry, which played such an important role in our country’s history, we hope to inspire them and create memories that they will treasure for years to come.”

The Centennial event at Fort McHenry will be sponsored by Horseshoe Casino Baltimore’s parent Caesars Entertainment. Two of Caesars’ community volunteer HEROs, Sandra Martinez of Horseshoe Tunica, and Todd Anderson of Horseshoe Hammond, will travel to Baltimore to be part of the celebration and to assist the kids throughout the day. While there, Martinez and Anderson will be recognized as HERO Grand Prize winners, an honor based on their commitment to the community, measurable impact on beneficiary charities and alignment with Caesars community involvement strategic impact areas. In addition, 20 Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs will participate in the event. In 2015 CaesarsHEROs volunteered more than 260,000 hours in communities across the country.

“We are so proud to be part of this extraordinary community,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin. “NPT’s work, especially the Buddy Bison program, which lets kids experience the outdoors, is a favorite volunteer opportunity for our HEROs.”

Students will be greeted at a 10 a.m. welcome program by special guests, including NPS Superintendent Tina Cappetta and Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin.  All students will receive a Centennial Jr. Ranger badge. In addition, 4th graders will learn about the Every Kid in a Park pass to kick off the second year of President Obama’s program and its goal of getting every 4th grader across the country to national parks and other public lands. The pass provides free access for 4th graders and their families to all federal lands and Maryland State Parks for one school year.

The students will participate in an unfurling of a replica of the original Star Spangled Banner (30 x 42 feet) while hearing a narration of its history. Then they will break into smaller groups to experience special Fort, Flag, Freedom activities and learn about the historic importance of their local national park.

"It's been said that national parks are America's best idea. What better way to celebrate their Centennial than to invite our youngest citizens and visitors to the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner?” stated Tina Cappetta, Superintendent of Fort McHenry.

“We’re thrilled to support such an important program. It reinforces everything we stand for: encouraging healthy activity, education, inclusion.  We’re grateful to National Park Trust and Caesars Corporation for enabling such an enriching activity for Y kids and their families,” said John Hoey, President & CEO of the Y in Central Maryland. The students participating in the event represent Moravia Park Elementary, Holabird Elementary, and Graceland Park Elementary.

Media Contacts:

National Park Trust: Grace Lee; grace@parktrust.org; 301-279-7275, ext 14

Horseshoe Baltimore: Dave Curley; dcurley@hillmanpr.com; 443-683-0920

National Park Service: Anokwale Anansesemfo; akua_anansesemfo@nps.gov; 410-962-4290 

The Y in Central Maryland: Sara Milstein; saramilstein@ymaryland.org; 443-322-8064


About National Park Trust

National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 land projects benefiting 40 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C.  Since 2009 our Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 2,000,000 students across the country with our nation’s parks, public lands and waters (ParkTrust.org).


About Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 

Horseshoe Baltimore, developed by CBAC Borrower, LLC, is located on Russell Street extending the city’s tourism footprint and serving as Baltimore’s southern gateway to the city. As a city-integrated casino, it is designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring sports venues M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the city’s famed Inner Harbor. The casino, which opened Aug. 26, 2014, employs 1,500 team members and houses 2,200 video lottery terminals, more than 150 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space. CBAC Borrower, LLC is indirectly owned and controlled by Caesars Growth Partners, LLC (CGP), a joint venture between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Caesars Acquisition Company, together with a world-class consortium of partners consisting of Rock Gaming LLC; CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; STRON-MD and PRT TWO, LLC boasting unmatched expertise and a proven track record in gaming development and operations, entertainment, capital management and urban development and renewal. Horseshoe Baltimore is managed by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

For more information, please visit www.caesarsacquisitioncompany.com.


About National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.



About The Y in Central Maryland

Our Mission:

The Y is a charitable organization in Central Maryland dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Commitment:

At the Y, we are committed to providing family-oriented, affordable, high quality programs.

A cause driven organization with three areas of vital focus:

-          For Youth Development: nurturing the potential of every child and teen

-          For Healthy Living: improving our community’s health & well-being

-          For Social Responsibility: giving back and providing support for our neighbors

The Y is a place for everyone. People of all races, ages, faiths, gender, abilities, backgrounds and incomes are welcome and financial assistance on a sliding scale is available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate.

Our Values:

Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility

More information can be found at ymaryland.org.

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