Press Releases and Media

HYDRO FLASK RECEIVES AMERICAN PARK EXPERIENCE AWARD

On October 21, the Board of Trustees of National Park Trust honored Bend, Oregon-based outdoor brand Hydro Flask with the distinguished 2020 American Park Experience Award. This award honors an individual or group that has made extraordinary contributions to enhance the awareness and appreciation of our nation’s parks and public lands and waters. For the first time in the history of the award, National Park Trust will bestow this honor, not on a person, but on an organization by recognizing Hydro Flask’s innovative and impactful Parks For All giving program.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST AND NATIONAL PARK SERVICE ANNOUNCE 2020 CHALLENGE COST SHARE AWARDS

National Park Trust in partnership with the National Park Service (NPS), announced 19 education and outdoor recreation projects that are funded by the NPS Challenge Cost Share Program and matched by community and nonprofit partners. Each project works to connect local communities to their national parks, national trails, and wild and scenic rivers. Projects include engaging people in active healthy outdoor recreation or in education initiatives that increase knowledge about our nation’s natural and cultural heritage.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST HELPS PROTECT POPULAR SCENIC VIEW ON THE APPALACHIAN TRAIL IN VIRGINIA

On July 23, 2020, the National Park Trust transferred ownership of 239 acres of land in one of the most popular areas of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) near Troutville, Virginia to the National Park Service. In the fall of 2018, the Park Trust volunteered to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in the acquisition of the property in Hogan Hollow, Virginia. The landowner wanted to sell before the National Park Service could accept the acreage, so in June 2019, the Park Trust worked with The Conservation Fund to acquire and temporarily hold the property until it could become part of the A.T.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST LAUNCHES BUDDY BISON CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM TO BRING PARKS TO TITLE I SCHOOL STUDENTS

With so much still unknown about what education will look like for the 2020/2021 school year, National Park Trust announces the launch of a robust distance-learning initiative based on its renowned Buddy Bison School Program which for more than a decade has provided fully funded park experiences for kids in under-served communities including kids of color. This new education package –THE BUDDY BISON CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM -- is being launched nationwide in Title I schools this fall.

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WASHINGTON, D.C. MIDDLE SCHOOL TEACHER RECEIVES NATIONAL AWARD FOR OUTSTANDING ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP

National Park Trust is pleased to announce that Heimy Salgado, a reading specialist at Ida B. Wells Middle School in Washington, D.C., is the recipient of National Park Trust’s 2020 National Educator Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship. The annual award recognizes an educator who has made a significant impact on his or her students’ understanding of the natural world and the importance of protecting our nation’s treasured parks.

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NATIONAL PARK TRUST BRINGS SUMMER CAMP TO KIDS AT HOME WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL PARK-THEMED GRAB AND GO ACTIVITIES

While summertime usually means it’s time to head off to camp, we know many kids and families will be at home this summer season due to social distancing measures. That’s why the National Park Trust and their mascot, Buddy Bison are bringing camp to kids with their new Camp Buddy Bison, which features weekly national park-themed activities.

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

National Park Trust 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 purchase valuable timberland; then that land was traded for the state parcels.

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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 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).

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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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