National Park Trust Wins $20,000 Explore Fund Grant from The North Face

Rockville, MD – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that we have been selected as a 2018 The North Face Explore Fund Grant Recipient. With $20,000 from The North Face, NPT will provide 500 students from under-served communities in five states with hands-on environmental education experiences through our Buddy Bison School Program. With this opportunity, students are also introduced to outdoor recreation as they learn about the importance of becoming park stewards, and advocating for and protecting our precious natural resources.

The schools supported by this program include:

  • Fairmount Elementary, Newark, NJ – visiting Morristown National Historical Park
  • Mullanphy School, St. Louis, MO – visiting Gateway Arch National Park
  • Amersfort School, Brooklyn, NY – visiting Gateway National Recreation Area
  • Dana Elementary, Hendersonville, NC – visiting Carl Sandburg National Historic Site
  • several schools in Wilmington, DE – visiting First State National Historical Park

NPT is one of 40 grantees this year representing a diverse range of organizations that are helping to remove barriers to get children outside.

“At The North Face, we envision a world where curiosity and adventure know no limits— and we believe that those adventures bring us closer together,” said Tom Herbst, Vice President of Global Marketing at The North Face. “Our Explore Fund platform helps us bring exploration to life in the world, in real, measurable and meaningful ways. We know that exploration has a positive impact on people and society and so we’re working to remove barriers to it across the globe.

“National Park Trust is honored to receive this generous grant not only for this school year, but also for the past 8 years,” said Grace Lee, executive director of NPT. “Through the long-term support from The North Face we have been able to provide [total number of students] students from Title I schools with transformational opportunities at  their local parks where they can learn, play, and become connected to the importance of our public lands and waters.”



NPT’s mission is preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 35 years since NPT was established, the non-profit organization has completed 62 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects in 30 states, 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 49 National Park Service projects. In 2009, NPT launched its nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs which currently supports more than 200 Title I schools across the country. Since 2011, NPT has organized Kids to Parks Day, an annual national celebration of America’s parks hosted on the third Saturday in May.

More details about NPT can be found at



For more than 50 years, The North Face has been encouraging exploration – from our nation’s monuments to the local parks and trails close to our backyards. Knowing that exploration can be a force for good, they created the Explore Fund in 2010 to build a movement of outdoor exploration and empower future explorers. Since then, they have granted $3 million to more than 500 nonprofits, helping people of all backgrounds and all experiences to explore the outdoors.

For more information, visit The Explore Fund.

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