Press Releases and Media

10TH ANNIVERSARY OF NATIONAL PARK TRUST’S KIDS TO PARKS DAY GOES DIGITAL ON SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2020 AS ‘PARKS TO KIDS DAY’

With many parks and landmarks across the country closed due to COVID-19 social distancing measures, National Park Trust has officially declared the 10th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day as ‘Parks To Kids Day’ to be held on Saturday, May 16th, 2020. The celebration brings a much-needed infusion of the outdoors to kids and families as they isolate close to home.

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National Park Trust Assists National Park Service in Securing Properties for St. Croix National Scenic Riverway

National Park Trust today announced the addition of 145 acres to the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. The Park Trust received the three parcels of land from the State of Wisconsin, the original owners of the property. The complex project involved a land exchange in which the Park Trust worked with the Wisconsin Board of Commissioners of Public Lands to identify and then purchase valuable timberland; then that land was traded for the state parcels in the north-central part of Wisconsin.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST TO HONOR SENATOR MAZIE HIRONO (HI) WITH 20th BRUCE F. VENTO PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

National Park Trust is pleased to announce that Senator Mazie K. Hirono (HI) will receive the 20th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. She will be recognized for her exceptional work to protect our parks, public lands and natural resources. The senator will be honored on Thursday, June 25, 2020 at a virtual event.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST INTRODUCES SERIES OF ‘GRAB AND GO’ OUTDOOR ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES

To help parents who are entertaining and schooling their children at home during this time of school closure and social distancing, National Park Trust has launched a “Grab and Go” series of at-home activities and distance learning opportunities that bring parks to kids.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST ANNOUNCES WINNERS OF KIDS TO PARKS DAY NATIONAL SCHOOL CONTEST

The National Park Trust is pleased to announce the winners of this year’s Kids to Park Day National School Contest, which awards grants to under-served schools to fund park field trips that encourage outdoor education, recreation, and environmental stewardship. 

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST ASSISTS NATIONAL PARK SERVICE IN SECURING PROPERTY FOR LASSEN VOLCANIC NATIONAL PARK

Washington, D.C., March 2, 2020 – National Park Trust today announced the acquisition of one of the last remaining private properties inside of a remote area of Lassen Volcanic National Park, California.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST ASSISTS IN SECURING THE LAST INHOLDING AT VALLES CALDERA NATIONAL PRESERVE WITH THE NATIONAL PARK SERVICE

Since 2008, the National Park Service has sought to acquire the 40-acre parcel. Their chance finally came this year, and the Park Trust’s community of supporters provided supplemental funding to assist in its purchase. The parcel includes a collection of sulfuric acid fumaroles, mud pots and hot springs that visitors will be permitted to explore in the near future. This victory marks the end of an 11-year-long effort to protect the park’s geothermal features.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST AND CARIBBEAN SOL PARTNER TO PROTECT MARINE ECOSYSTEMS, CORAL REEFS, AND NATIONAL PARKS

Common ingredients used in thousands of sun care products threaten corals and other marine life. It’s up to all of us to protect this incredible natural resource - that’s why we have teamed up with our friends at Caribbean Sol to encourage the use of safe and environmentally friendly sun care products.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST LAUNCHES FREE PARKPASSPORT MOBILE APP IN PARTNERSHIP WITH BLUE STAR FAMILIES TO HELP MILITARY FAMILIES EXPLORE THE OUTDOORS

This collaboration between National Park Trust and Blue Star Families ensures that military families not only enjoy parks and create lasting family memories – but it also helps this often overlooked and diverse community feel welcomed in the outdoors, ensuring a thriving future generation of outdoor enthusiasts.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST HONORS SENATOR RICHARD BURR (NC) WITH 2019 BRUCE F. VENTO PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD

At an evening reception at the Newseum, the National Park Trust awarded Sen. Richard Burr (NC) with the 19th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award was presented by Sue Vento and the Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell (top left) along with students Audrey Elliott, Morgan Marsh and Amari Sowah (left to right).

Watch the video tribute here.

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Atlantic City School Teacher Receives National Award for Her Environmental Leadership

Yolanda Smith, a 5th grade teacher from Richmond Avenue School in Atlantic City, NJ, received National Park Trust’s 2019 National Educator Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship. Thanks to support from the Caesars Foundation for her school’s participation in the Buddy Bison Program.

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9th Annual Kids to Parks Day

National Park Trust celebrates National Kids to Parks Day with over 1,400 events nationwide.

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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 18 National  Kids to Parks Day.

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Students Reduce Carbon Footprint and Win $1,500

Buddy Bison Students from Lake Tahoe Environmental Science Magnet School won the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest and received $1,500 towards a park field trip.

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Kids to Parks Day Contest Winners Skype with White House

Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners are first in the nation to Skype with the White House.

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From Corporate America to the Classroom: Teacher Awarded Fellowship with National Park Trust

Chelsea Vines, a 3rd-grade teacher from M. Agnes Jones Elementary School in Atlanta, GA, has been selected as the newest National Park Trust Youth Programs Fellow.

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River Raisin National Battlefield Will Expand Thanks to National Park Trust and Partners

National Park Trust and partners announce $711,000 contribution to preserve integral sites around River Raisin National Battlefield Park.

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12-Year-Old Boy’s Love of National Parks Led Him to Adventure and a Life of Advocacy

Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Bryan Wilson is featured in AZ Central newspaper.

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National Park Trust to Honor Senator Richard Burr (NC) with 2019 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

National Park Trust to honor Senator Richard Burr (NC) with the 2019 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for his outstanding efforts to support and advocate for the protection of our national parks, public lands and waters.

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First Solar Sponsors Kids to Parks Day—Sending 1,100 Students to Parks

Thanks to a renewed sponsorship from the First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day National School Contest will continue to provide grants to Title I schools across the country in celebration of Kids to Parks Day in May.

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National Park Trust and Wreaths Across America Honor Veterans on the National Mall

In advance of National Wreaths Across America Day, National Park Trust and the non-profit Wreaths Across America will host several wreath laying ceremonies on the National Mall to honor veterans and fallen service members from the Vietnam War Memorial, Korean War Memorial, and the World War II Memorial on Friday, December 14, 2018.

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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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The Park Trust 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 Historic 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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