Press Releases and Media

National Park Trust Receives ‘Parks for All’ Grant from Hydro Flask

Thanks to Hydro Flask’s Parks for All funding, NPT has an early lead commitment to provide park trips for 50 Title I schools across the country in celebration of Kids to Parks Day in May.

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Historic Landmark and Shoreline Protected in Washington State at Ebey’s Landing

National Park Trust and partners preserve one of Washington state’s oldest homes and a critical parcel of shoreline within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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35 Acres Protected in Zion National Park

National Park Trust and partners permanently protect 35 acres of land from development within Zion National Park.

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$100,000 Gift from Diana Davis Spencer Sends Hundreds of Youth Camping For First Time

National Park Trust (NPT) is excited for the opportunity to provide transformational camping experiences to hundreds of under-served urban youth thanks to a $100,000 grant from the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation. This gift will support 300 students and teachers with 3-day overnight camping trips in national parks.

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33 Acres Returned to Rocky Mountain National Park’s Wild Basin Area

The largest privately-held, developed land parcel located inside the Wild Basin area of Rocky Mountain National Park is now permanently protected federal wilderness thanks to National Park Trust’s (NPT) partnership with The Wilderness Land Trust and Rocky Mountain Conservancy.

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

With $20,000 from The North Face Explore Fund, NPT will provide 500 students from underserved 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.

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Gift from the Wyss Foundation Provides Outdoor Education for Thousands of Students

Thanks to a generous $200,000 gift from the Wyss Foundation to National Park Trust, 27 Title I schools received funding to bring 1,865 students to parks through the Buddy Bison School Program this school year.

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NPT Helps Complete Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

For more than 20 years, the National Park Service had sought to purchase the last privately owned land parcel in Washita Battlefield National Historical Site in Roger Mills County, OK. Thanks to recent efforts by NPT this acquisition was completed in May. The land is an integral part of the park’s history and overlooks the site of the Cheyenne camp that was attacked by Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry.

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National Park Trust Awarded a Paddle Nation Grant to Get Washington, DC Students to Explore Their Waterways

National Park Trust received funding to support its work to engage approximately 1,300 students in the Washington, DC area with  their local waterways in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry (WI) and REI.

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National Park Trust Honors Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) with 2018 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

At an evening reception at the Newseum, the National Park Trust awarded Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) with the 18th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award was presented by NPT board chair Bill Brownell.

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USA Today Covers Kids to Parks Day

Kids to Parks Day is a national initiative that began in 2011 and is organized by National Park Trust “to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands.”

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8th Annual Kids to Parks Day

NPT Partners With Blue Star Families to Host Events for Military Families; Parks to Host Public Events Nationwide for National Kids to Parks Day

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Bethesda Magazine Features National Park Trust

Bethesda Magazine features National Park Trust's Executive Director, Grace Lee

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National Park Trust Joins Leadership of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids

Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), a national strategic partnership of organizations with a common interest in expanding opportunities for children, youth, and families to connect with the outdoors welcomed National Park Trust Executive Director, Grace Lee to their steering committee. 

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Students Reduce Carbon Footprint on Campus and Save School District $826,248

National Park Trust celebrates Earth Day by recognizing Richmond Avenue Elementary School in Atlantic City, NJ for drastically reducing its carbon footprint on campus and helping the school district to save $826,248.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan “Kids to Parks Day” Resolution

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., applauded the passage of their bipartisan resolution, which encourages children to get outdoors by designating May 19 National  Kids to Parks Day.

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Oakland Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

The National Park Trust and The North Face joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at the Marin Headlands in California for 35 fourth graders from Hoover Elementary School in Oakland, California.

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National Park Trust and Air Force Launch New Program Encouraging Military Families to Visit Parks and Public Lands

National Park Trust and Air Force Launch New Program Encouraging Military Families to Visit Parks and Public Lands Rockville, MD – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce its partnership with the Air Force Services Activity (AFSVA) -- with support from the Office of the Secretary of Defense, Military Community and Family Policy -- to launch the Buddy Bison Great Outdoors Challenge. The program’s goal is to encourage military families across the country to visit and enjoy America’s parks, public lands and waters.

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National Park Trust to Honor Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) with 2018 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award in Washington, D.C.

National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that Senator Martin Heinrich (NM) will receive the 18th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to Senator Heinrich on Wednesday, June 13th at a reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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National Park Trust and Blue Star Families Announce New Partnership

National Park Trust (NPT) and Blue Star Families are pleased to announce a new partnership designed to create family-friendly park events for military families across the United States in commemoration of Kids to Parks Day, held annually the third Saturday in May.

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National Park Trust, Outdoors Alliance for Kids Receive The North Face 2017 Explore Fund Grant

National Park Trust (NPT) and Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) are pleased to announce that The North Face has awarded a $20,000 2017 Explore Fund grant to benefit NPT’s national Buddy Bison School Program.

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Lawmakers Introduce Bipartisan Legislation to Get Children Outdoors

Members of congress on both sides of the aisle just came together to help get our kids outdoors. The Every Kid Outdoors Act (S. 1522; H.R. 3186), introduced by Senators Martin Heinrich (D-NM) and Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Representatives Niki Tsongas (D-MA-03), Scott Tipton (R-CO-03), Diana DeGette (D-CO-01), and Elise Stefanik (R-NY-21) would encourage fourth graders and their families to visit America’s natural, cultural, and historical treasures.

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BOSTON FOURTH GRADERS RECEIVE PASSES TO VISIT PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS

Partners came together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park Trust, The North Face, and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at Boston Harbor Islands National and State Park for 90 fourth graders from The Donald McKay K-8 School.

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Kids to Parks Day 2017 at Constitution Gardens!

Check out Maryland Public Television's story on Kids to Parks Day 2017.

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National Park Trust Honors Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) with 2017 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

National Park Trust (NPT) awards Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C.

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7TH ANNUAL ‘KIDS TO PARKS DAY’ SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PARKS

Children, families, and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 20th in commemoration of the 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day. National Park Trust estimates that nearly one million people will attend 1,000 park events across the country in what is fast becoming America’s national day of outdoor play.

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Senate Passes Bipartisan Resolution Designating May 20 “Kids to Parks Day”

U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Cory Booker, D-N.J., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., and Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, applauded the Senate’s passage of their bipartisan resolution to encourage children to get outdoors by designating May 20 National Kids to Parks Day.

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Chicago Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

Partners came together to ensure kids across America can experience our national parks and public lands. The National Park Trust, The North Face, and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore for 60 fourth graders from the Chicago Academy.

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National Park Trust, Caesars Foundation Celebrate National Parks with Local Students

110 fourth-grade students from Chalmette Elementary will participate in a National Park celebration at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park’s Barataria Preserve. The event is sponsored by Caesars Foundation and organized by the nonprofit National Park Trust (NPT) in partnership with the National Park Service.

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Record Visitation to National Parks in 2016—Over 13 Percent Increase at Channel Islands National Park

During the National Park Service Centennial in 2016, visitation to national parks increased by nearly eight percent, including an overall 13 percent increase at Channel Islands National Park. This past year 342,209 people visited Channel Islands National Park. Additional day visitors and overnight campers to Santa Rosa and Santa Cruz Islands increased island visitation by about 10 percent.

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