Press Releases and Media

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: November 12, 2019 Washington, D.C., November 12, 2019 – National Park Trust today announced a new exclusive partnership with Caribbean Sol to protect national parks, coral reefs, and other marine ecosystems. Common ingredients used in thousands of sun care products meant to protect against harmful effects of ultraviolet light threaten corals and […]

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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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 30, 2019 Contact: Ivan Levin, ivan@parktrust.org, 301-279-7275 x18 New App Helps Users Discover Our Nation’s Parks, Earn Custom Badges for Outdoor Activities and Build Community While Exploring Public Land Washington, D.C., October 30, 2019 – The National Park Trust (NPT) today announced the launch of its free ParkPassport mobile app in […]

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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 NPT 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

NPT 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 NPT 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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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 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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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.

Watch the video tribute here.

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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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