For Immediate Release
July 21, 2017
Eric Raymond, The North Face, 510-748-2714, email@example.com
Grace Lee; National Park Trust, 301-279-7275, ext 14, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Park Trust, Outdoors Alliance for Kids Receive The North Face 2017 Explore Fund Grant
Groups will expand access to the outdoors for under-served fourth graders, military kids, and advance Every Kid in a Park program
Washington, D.C. – 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. The Buddy Bison Program was created in 2009 with the goal of getting kids from under-served communities engaged with our nation’s parks and public lands.
Hundreds of 4th graders from Title I schools, will kick off the third year of the federal Every Kid in a Park program in 3 cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco. They will participate in marquee events at national parks with The North Face, National Park Trust, OAK, and partners and be welcomed into the Buddy Bison Program which provides park experiences throughout the year promoting 1) health and wellness through outdoor recreation; 2) education using parks as outdoor classrooms for STEM, history, and social studies; and 3) park stewardship through volunteer and career opportunities.
“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids supports the Every Kid in a Park program to ensure all fourth graders and their families are encouraged to visit America’s parks and public lands,” said Jackie Ostfeld, Founder and Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. “We’re honored and thankful that The North Face has made such an important investment to ensure more and more children are able to have a park experience, and we look forward to growing our partnership. Private investments in the national Every Kid in a Park program are nearing the $5 million mark in just the first few years and contributions like this one from The North Face demonstrate the value the private sector places on the program.”
In addition to the 4th graders from Washington, D.C., New York City, and San Francisco, the Explore Funds awarded to NPT and OAK also provides support for military kids from Scott Air Force Base located in Saint Clair County, Illinois by connecting them to their nearby national park — the Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St Louis, Missouri. This new partnership with the Department of Defense is designed to help students discover local parks in their new communities as military families are relocated from one base to another.
“We are delighted to partner with The North Face and Outdoors Alliance for Kids to provide national park experiences for hundreds of diverse youth. For many of these students, this is their very first park trip, but after a fun and action-packed day, they are eager to return again and again and create even more memories with their friends and family. These young people are our future outdoor enthusiasts and stewards of these iconic treasures,” stated Grace Lee, Executive Director of National Park Trust.
The North Face selected a total of 43 non-profits that create opportunities for people to develop a passion for the outdoors and desire to care for local parks and public lands. Selected programs use outdoor exploration as a catalyst for positive personal or societal change, to encourage healthy lifestyles, and promote environmental stewardship.
“A desire and willingness to explore and care for our outdoor playgrounds is part of our brand DNA,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “We are proud to support these outstanding programs that expose participants to benefits of the outdoors. Through The North Face Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play.”
As part of its mission to start a global movement of outdoor exploration, The North Face introduced Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $2.75 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment.
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company’s products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers, and major outdoor specialty retail chains.
About National Park Trust
National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Established in 1983, NPT has completed park preservation projects benefiting 49 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, NPT’s Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 3,000,000 students across the country with our national parks, public lands and waters. www.parktrust.org
About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK)
OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together nearly 100 businesses and organizations to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org
National Park Trust Honors Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) with 2017 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Washington, D.C. (June 14, 2017) – National Park Trust (NPT) awards Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Watch our video tribute here.
“Senator Alexander is recognized for his extraordinary efforts to support our national parks and public lands,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.
In his work on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment, Sen. Alexander has been a dedicated and strong supporter of our national parks. He is honored for his exemplary work on the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he serves on the Subcommittee on National Parks. As a member of this committee, he demonstrates his commitment to protecting our national heritage by sponsoring legislation to incorporate hallowed ground into Shiloh National Military Park and give special designation to Parker’s Crossroad Battlefield. Senator Alexander has also sponsored legislation to take the next step in preserving former President James K. Polk’s home in Columbia, Tenn., as a site within the National Park System.
He supports permanently reauthorizing and full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund and has worked to protect wild lands through sponsorship of an act to designate 20,000 acres of land in the Cherokee National Forest as federal wilderness. Most recently in April 2017, he co-sponsored the National Park Service Legacy Act, legislation that would help to reduce NPS’s $12 billion maintenance backlog, including $232 million for the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.
According to NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell, “Sen. Alexander has demonstrated leadership in creating the next generation of conservationists by working to ensure that everyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity or income level will have access to our parks and public lands.” This is further exemplified by his co-sponsorship of a Senate Resolution in 2016 and 2017 in support of Kids to Parks Day.
“Documentarian Ken Burns called the U.S. National Park Service, ‘America’s best idea’ – and I couldn’t agree more. Growing up in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, I learned to appreciate our national parks and public places at an early age, and I have put that love for the outdoors to work as a United States Senator, trying to protect our parks, help make the air cleaner, and provide protected open spaces so that our children and grandchildren can enjoy the outdoors as I did,” Senator Alexander said. “I am grateful for this award, but really it’s the National Park Trust that deserves praise for its work in protecting and preserving national parks and connecting children to the Great American Outdoors.”
“Senator Lamar Alexander’s decades of service in Washington, D.C. and at home in Tennessee, will not only help to preserve America’s national parks today but also guarantee that they will be here for the enjoyment of future generations,” added NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell.
NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment and his service, skill, and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Congresswoman Betty McCollum (MN), Senator Rob Portman (OH), Senator Ron Wyden (OR), Congressman Mike Simpson (ID), Senator Jeff Bingaman (NM), Senator Susan Collins (ME), Senator Mark Udall (CO), Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (CA), Senator Harry Reid (NV), Congressman George Miller (CA), Senator John McCain (AZ), and Congressman John Lewis (GA).
All proceeds from the event benefit NPT’s park preservation and youth programs.
ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT’s land preservation projects have benefited more than 40 national parks. In 2009, NPT launched its nationally recognized Buddy Bison School Program which currently supports 62 Title I elementary and middle schools. 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 and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org.
Press Contact: Grace Lee, NPT Executive Director at email@example.com or 301-279-7275, ext. 11.
National Park Trust, Caesars Foundation Celebrate National Parks with Local Students
Fourth Graders Participate in Science Learning at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve Supported by Harrah’s New Orleans
For Immediate Release
New Orleans (Date) – On March 30th and 31st, 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. NPT is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Chalmette Elementary is part of NPT’s national Buddy Bison School Program in which students use parks as outdoor classrooms to learn about 1) STEM, history, and social studies, 2) health and wellness through outdoor recreation and 3) park stewardship.
“We have a wonderful long-term partnership with Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation. This year they are supporting five schools across the country, engaging students with their local national parks,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. “We are depending on our youth to serve as the next generation of park stewards. By spending this day at the Barataria Preserve, we hope to inspire the Chalmette Elementary students to discover new parks and be the caretakers of these special places.”
Volunteers from Caesars’ HERO program will join the students and support their science learning activities. The students will study the living creatures in the swamp and use all their senses during a special hike and scavenger hunt through the park. Since 2010, Caesars has supported the participation of 25 Title I schools in the Buddy Bison School Program.
“Caesars Foundation is honored to support the National Park Trust, whose mission aligns with one of our key strategic pillars: promoting a more sustainable world,” said Jan Jones Blackhurst, Executive Vice President, Public Policy & Corporate Responsibility and Caesars Foundation Board of Trustees Chair. “Caesars Entertainment’s HEROs enjoy the opportunity to inspire the next generation and give back to the community through the Buddy Bison School Program.”
“Getting young children out into the bayou to observe the critters that live here is an awesome experience. These swamps and marshes are the habitats that once covered the entire New Orleans area. These students are connecting with their natural heritage while having fun outside,” said Aleutia Scott, Supervisory Park Ranger.
National Park Trust: Grace Lee; firstname.lastname@example.org; 301-279-7275, ext 11
Caesars: Annie Longsworth, The Siren Agency; email@example.com; 415-218-7925
About National Park Trust
National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has worked on more than 100 land projects benefiting 40 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009 our Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 2,000,000 students across the country with our nation’s parks, public lands and waters (ParkTrust.org).
About the Caesars Foundation
Caesars Foundation provides support to national nonprofit partners that serve multiple communities where employees of the Caesars group and their families live and work. Caesars Foundation focuses its philanthropic giving strategically in three categories: older individuals, sustainability, and innovative educational programs. To learn more, visit www.caesarsfoundation.com.
About National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
Record Visitation to National Parks in 2016—Over 13 Percent Increase at Channel Islands National Park
Date: March 13, 2017
Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5725
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.
There was a 20 percent increase in visitation to the mainland visitor center in the Ventura Harbor, due in part to the many fourth grade students that participated in the Every Kid in a Park program. The park had a corresponding 75 percent increase in the Junior Ranger program, with over 4,000 kids participating.
“We are particularly excited about the increase in visitation from fourth grade students to the park. This year we expect over 5,000 fourth graders will visit, thanks to the Every Kid in a Park grants we received from the National Park Foundation, National Park Trust, and National Marine Sanctuary Foundation,” said Channel Islands National Park Superintendent Russell Galipeau.
Notably, in 2016, over 10.7 million virtual visitors enjoyed the park’s suite of live interactive distance learning education programs, wildlife webcams, and website content. Viewership increased by 1,000 percent for the distance learning program Channel Islands Live, as a result of partner Explore.org broadcasting the presentations live on Facebook.
The local community also stepped up contributions to the park, with a 25 percent increase in volunteers participating in the Volunteers-in-Parks program. 1,955 volunteers donated 71,197 hours, a contribution equivalent to 34 full-time positions. They provided naturalist and visitor information services, supported monitoring and restoration efforts, conducted beach cleanups and shipwreck surveys, and much more.
Out of our nation’s 417 national park sites, Channel Islands National Park ranked 147 in visitation. Nationwide, there were 331 million recreation visits, a third consecutive all-time attendance record for the National Park Service. The highest visited site was Golden Gate National Recreation Area in San Francisco, California, with over 15.6 million visitors. The National Park Foundation is credited with helping the parks reach new audiences through the Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque campaign.
About Every Kid in a Park
The Every Kid in a Park program was created so that fourth graders and their families could discover our nation’s wildlife, resources, and history, for free. All fourth graders can get their pass online, at Every Kid in a Park, after they complete a fun, educational activity. They can trade the paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.
The Explore Annenberg LLC is a charitable, nonprofit organization with a mission to champion the selfless acts of others, create a portal for the education of humanity, and inspire lifelong learning. Explore uses the power of the internet, images, music, dialogue, and the written word to fulfill its mission. Both educational and inspirational, Explore offers a portal for public viewing of live video and live webcams at explore.org.
About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks, through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community, at nationalparks.org.
About the National Park Trust
The National Park Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation’s critical parks and public lands and the engagement of our youth – especially those who are underserved – with nature. To learn more, visit National Park Trust.
About the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund
The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation established the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust in 2005 to increase ocean awareness and stewardship through innovative programs, partnerships, and initiatives. The grant honors former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings for his role as a lifelong ocean advocate. For more information, visit National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Thursday, January 26, 2017
Contact: Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, firstname.lastname@example.org; Lynn Cullivan, 415-561-7006, email@example.com; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, firstname.lastname@example.org
Fourth Graders Receive Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters
Every Kid in a Park Event at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park connects children with nature
[San Francisco] – Today, 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 San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for 60 fourth graders from Hoover Elementary School. This is the third event in a special Every Kid in a Park event series hosted in five different cities (NYC, D.C, San Francisco, Boston, and Chicago), all funded by The North Face Explore Fund.
“We are proud to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative and programs that expose participants to the beauty and joy of the outdoors,” said Ann Krcik, Senior Director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “Through the Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play.”
The students received free passes to America’s public lands and waters through the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors by granting free entry to national parks and public lands, waters and shores for all fourth-graders and their families.
The North Face global athlete and endurance runner, Dylan Bowman, also joined the event to share his passion for the outdoors and lead activity stations. Dylan engaged the fourth graders in a fun warm up and relay race to help inspire the kids to be active and enjoy our natural playgrounds.
“We were delighted to work with The North Face and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to connect local Bay-area 4th graders to the Maritime National Historical Park. They experienced a fun-filled day learning about local wildlife, history and outdoor recreation — and the importance of enjoying and preserving these special places,” stated Grace Lee, Executive Director, National Park Trust.
“We are excited to launch the second year of our Every Kid In a Park program, and welcome a new crew of fourth graders to San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park,” Superintendent Kevin Hendricks said. “With so many significant National Park sites right here in our local area, I know that these Bay Area youth will be well on the way to discovering their National Parks.”
“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is honored to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative to connect fourth graders across America with the outdoors,” said OAK Co-Founder and Chair, Jackie Ostfeld. “Too few children have opportunities to explore and enjoy the natural world and programs like this are critical to ensuring all kids can visit their public lands.”
About The North Face®: The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966 with the goal of preparing outdoor athletes for the rigors of their next adventure. Today we are the world’s leading outdoor brand, creating athlete-tested, expedition-proven products that help people explore and test the limits of human potential. We protect our outdoor playgrounds and minimize our impact on the planet through programs that encourage sustainability. The North Face products are available at premium and specialty retail sporting goods stores globally and we are headquartered in California on a LEED Platinum-certified campus. For more information, please visit www.thenorthface.com.
About the National Park Service: More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America’s 413 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us atwww.nps.gov, on Facebookwww.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitterwww.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTubewww.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.
About National Park Trust: National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 land projects benefiting 40 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, our Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 2,000,000 students across the country with our nation’s parks, public lands and waters (ParkTrust.org).
About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK): OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together more than eighty businesses and organizations, led by a steering committee which includes representatives from the Alliance for Childhood, American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Latino Outdoors, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, NatureBridge, The North Face, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. For more information: www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org