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Partners Give a Gift of Wilderness to Rocky Mountain National Park

For Immediate Release

December 22, 2016

Contacts:

Reid Haughey, 970-963-1725 (The Wilderness Land Trust)

Charles Money, 970-586-0108, ext. 18 (Rocky Mountain Conservancy)

Grace Lee, 301-279-7275, ext. 14 (National Park Trust)

Partners Give a Gift of Wilderness to Rocky Mountain National Park

Estes Park, Colorado: It could have been the worst-case scenario for Rocky Mountain National Park: a “Land for Sale” sign going up in one of the most popular areas of the Park. But that was exactly the situation the Park would have been confronted with if not for a quick response from Rocky Mountain Conservancy, The Wilderness Land Trust, National Park Trust, and the support of local funders. A 12.5-acre property was about to be listed for sale for only the second time in the last seventy years. With a 2,000 square foot house perched on a rocky overlook and easy motorized access, the demand for this private property within Wild Basin would have been great.

For the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, based in Estes Park, saving this property had been a high priority for a number of years, and they initially found a generous conservation buyer to purchase and hold the property in 2009 when it originally came up for sale. That buyer, however, wanted to sell the property this year to ensure that it would go to the Park. “We knew right away that we had to step in quickly with what land protection reserves we had,” Charles Money, Executive Director of the Conservancy said. “The last time it was on the market, there was immediate interest from many possible buyers.”

The property is the largest privately-held, developed parcel located in the Wild Basin area of the Park. The property is only about a mile from the Wild Basin Entrance Station located just north of Allenspark, Colorado. Longs Peak and Mount Meeker tower over the property and the parcel offers spectacular views of the Continental Divide to the west. Camper Creek cascades through the property and numerous springs wind around large boulders, providing water sources for wildlife. The two-story structure is visible from many points in Wild Basin, including a picnic area on the North St. Vrain River, which flows through a corner of the property below the house.

The parcel and land along the access drive are within the wilderness boundary, but not currently managed as wilderness because it’s privately owned. In order for the area to be managed as designated wilderness (the highest level of conservation protection for federal lands), the partners must remove the house and access drive. The planned deconstruction process would recycle as much of the building materials as possible.

The addition of the parcel to the Park and removal of the house and access drive will enable the Park to administratively add 33 acres to designated wilderness. “This helps fulfill the purpose of the Wild Basin area – it provides a rare, accessible wilderness experience to Park visitors,” points out Reid Haughey, President of The Wilderness Land Trust. “When the Rocky Mountain Conservancy called asking for help, we jumped at the opportunity to preserve the quiet recreation and wildlife habitat of Wild Basin–which is otherwise managed as designated wilderness surrounding a trailhead access road. Ironically, every funder and board member I showed the property to immediately wanted the site for themselves but knew it was more valuable as an asset for all. That shows how spectacular this location is.”

Raising the necessary funds for the purchase and deconstruction was very challenging. That is where the National Park Trust and the largest local funder joined the partnership to complete the deal, “Our funding partner, The Barrett Family Foundation has a special connection to Rocky Mountain National Park and they were delighted to help with this important project during the National Park Service Centennial. The opportunity to purchase and protect threatened private property made it a perfect fit for the foundation,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director of the National Park Trust.

Charles Money was also thankful, “It took all of our organizations to pull this off, but we are glad this property can now finally be transferred to Rocky Mountain National Park where it belongs.”

Darla Sidles, Superintendent of Rocky Mountain National Park said, “We are extremely grateful to the Rocky Mountain Conservancy, The Wilderness Land Trust and National Park Trust in acquiring this private piece of land inside the park. This is a gift that will live on forever as protected wilderness.”

About the Wilderness Land Trust

The Wilderness Land Trust is a small, highly specialized nonprofit organization established to buy and protect wilderness land. Since it was founded in 1992, the Trust has preserved 439 parcels comprising more than 48,289 acres of wilderness inholdings in 100 designated and proposed wilderness areas across 9 states. The Wilderness Land Trust, a 501(c)(3) organization, has offices in California and Colorado. For more information visit our website www.wildernesslandtrust.org.

About the Rocky Mountain Conservancy

The Rocky Mountain Conservancy promotes stewardship of Rocky Mountain National Park and similar lands through education and philanthropy. In the past 30 years, the Conservancy has raised more than $35 million to enhance and protect the park’s trails, lands, youth education, historic structures, and more. Learn how to get involved at www.RMConservancy.org.

About the 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 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).

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National Park Trust Honored with an Inaugural Outdoors Alliance for Kids Leaf Award

OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAK LEAF AWARDS

NOVEMBER 15, 2016 BRENNAMULLER

For Immediate Release

November 15, 2016

Contact: Jackie Ostfeld, jackie.ostfeld@sierraclub.org, 202-548-6584

 

Outdoors Alliance for Kids Announces Inaugural OAK Leaf Awards

REI, The North Face, National Park Trust, Children & Nature Network and National League of Cities honored for collaborative approach to getting kids outdoors.

Washington, DC – Today, the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) announced five recipients of the inaugural OAK Leaf Award which recognizes alliance members for their collaborative approach to support OAK’s policy or programmatic goals. REI, The North Face, National Park Trust, Children & Nature Network and the National League of Cities to receive the award during an OAK welcome reception for the annual gathering of the alliance, held at The Wilderness Society’s Ansel Adams Gallery.

Statements of OAK’s Lead Award Recipients

“At REI, we believe a life outdoors is a life well lived. This is an especially important thought when we consider the daily lives of our younger generations. Unlike years past, it seems we need to make special efforts to assure kids from all backgrounds have chances to explore, play and learn outside,” said Marc Berejka, REI’s director of community and government affairs. “We’ve been an OAK supporter from its beginning because OAK provides pivotal leadership at the national level. We appreciate the recognition, and also look forward to continuing our investment in high-impact programs like this one.”

“We are proud to partner with OAK and many wonderful nonprofits like the National Park Trust to support President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative through our Explore Fund grants,” said The North Face senior director of Outdoor Exploration Ann Krcik. “By working together to bring outdoor experiences to youth, we hope to create the next generation of environmental stewards. Thank you OAK for this incredible honor.”

“National Park Trust is very honored to be recognized with an inaugural OAK Leaf Award. The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is a tremendous resource and network that has allowed us to significantly expand our mission of preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Working together with the members of this alliance, we are able each year to engage tens of thousands of students from Title 1 schools across the country with our iconic parks and public lands, providing transformational park experiences. OAK is an excellent example of the power of partnerships,” stated executive director of the National Park Trust, Grace Lee.

“The OAK Leaf award recognizes the dedication of our seven Cities Connecting Children to Nature pilot cities in their work to enrich young lives, strengthen stewardship of our natural world and achieve equity in American cities,” said National League of Cities CEO and executive director Clarence E. Anthony. “NLC is proud to receive this award on their behalf and continue our significant work together.” The CCCN cities have been working diligently for the past year to plan equitable and abundant access to nature for their communities. “We look forward to seeing the impact of the cities’ work on children, families, and communities, and we are honored to partner with OAK in advancing the field of children and nature,” said Children & Nature Network executive director Sarah Milligan-Toffler.

“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids wouldn’t be what it is today without the passion of our members, new and old, large and small,” said OAK co-founder and chair, Jackie Ostfeld. “These awards couldn’t be more well-deserved. I look forward to continuing to work with this year’s OAK Leaf Award recipients to make major strides in the movement to get kids outdoors.”

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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

Free Field Trips to National Park for Ventura County Fourth Graders — Kick Off Event for This Year’s Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Ventura, CA — This school year nearly every fourth grader in Ventura County will have the opportunity for a free field trip to Channel Islands National Park as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, several fourth-grade classes from Rio Rosales School in Oxnard will participate in the Every Kid in a Park initiative by attending a kick off field trip event at the park visitor center. The free field trips to the park are provided courtesy of transportation grants from the National Park Trust, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund, and the National Park Foundation.

“We are excited about the opportunity to connect thousands of Ventura County fourth graders to Channel Islands National Park in support of the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative,” said, Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. “The generous gift from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will help us provide the school buses needed to transport the students and their teachers to the park visitor center.”

During the field trip, students will become official Junior Rangers, attend a ranger-led program, and receive their free annual Every Kid in a Park pass. The pass grants the students and their families free entry to more than 2,000 public lands and waters including national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and marine sanctuaries from now through August 31, 2017.

Ventura County public school fourth grade teachers are encouraged to sign up for the free field trips to the Channel Islands National Park Lagomarsino Visitor Center as soon as possible.

As part of the grant, the fourth grade teachers are also invited to attend a free Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans (MERITO) Workshop on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the park visitor center auditorium.

Every Kid in a Park is part of President Obama’s commitment to protect our nation’s unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. The program, now entering its second year, has an expanded website with links to educational activities, trip planning, field trip options, the downloadable pass, and additional information in both English and Spanish.

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.

About Every Kid in a Park

President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our nation’s wildlife, resources, and history for free. Any 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.

Follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube.

To schedule a 4th grade field trip contact lauren_boross@nps.gov 805-658-5727. For information on the park’s education program contact monique_navarro@nps.gov 805-658-5735.

This publication is available online at: www.nps.gov/chis/parknews/newsreleases.htm

NPS increases efforts to get Every Kid In a Park

For Immediate Release:

Contact: Emily Linroth, 202-619-7156emily_linroth@nps.gov

NPS increases efforts to get Every Kid In a Park

Rangers head to classrooms  to give free park passes to all DCPS 4th graders 

WASHINGTON – The National Park Service (NPS) is kicking off a new school year and the second year of the Every Kid In a Park program by distributing passes to every public school fourth grader in the District. The passes, which provide free access for fourth graders and their families to any of the nation’s 413 national parks, are part of the NPS commitment to get youth outside and inspire a new generation to enjoy and take care of their public lands.

In the National Capital Region, rangers are visiting public schools throughout the district, presenting educational programs, and handing out passes to fourth graders, as well as inviting them to visit neighborhood national parks. So far, rangers have visited 33 schools and handed out 1,676 passes, with more on the way.

“Our goal for the second year of the Every Kid In a Park program is to get a pass into the hands of every D.C. fourth grader,” Bob Vogel, NPS National Capital Regional Director said. “Our goal for our next 100 years to inspire these students and their families to explore and enjoy their incredible public lands across the country and right here in the District—there is a wealth of nature and history right here in our backyard.”

The NPS is also partnering with the National Park Trust, which will provide bus funding for every DCPS fourth grade class to have a national park experience. The bus funding was awarded to the National Park Trust by the Outdoor Foundation and REI, and every park experience will be at no cost to the students, parents or schools. The North Face is also providing funding to the National Park Trust to get students from charter schools into national parks.

In addition to rangers visiting classrooms, national parks are hosting events throughout the region. Close to 50 fourth graders from Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom visited Rock Creek Park on Oct. 7 to receive their passes and participate in relays to set up tents and pack hiking packs, hikes to learn about wildlife and a planetarium show.

On Wednesday, Oct. 12, students from St. Francis Xavier Academy will pick up their passes at Anacostia Park and then get a look at social and environmental issues facing the river through a special boat tour led by the Anacostia Watershed Society (AWS) in partnership with the NPS. Students will also take a river trail walk with rangers and visit the D.C. Aquatic Resources Education Center to see aquarium tanks containing turtles, fish and other animals that live in the Anacostia River. Media are welcome to join the students on the river. Please RSVP to save a spot: Emily Linroth (NPS) 202-619-7156emily_linroth@nps.gov OR Mike Bento (AWS) 202-320-3174Mike@engagestrategies.us

Learn more about the Every Kid In a Park program at https://everykidinapark.gov/.

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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 at www.nps.gov, on Facebook www.facebook.com/nationalparkservice, Twitter www.twitter.com/natlparkservice, and YouTube www.youtube.com/nationalparkservice.

DC 4TH GRADERS GET FREE PASSES TO VISIT PUBLIC LANDS AND WATERS

DC 4th Graders Get Free Passes to Visit Public Lands and Waters

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Friday, October 7, 2016

Contact:   Grace Lee, 301-706-3407, grace@parktrust.org; Brenna Muller, 202-630-1864, brenna.muller@sierraclub.org

[DC] – 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 in Rock Creek Park for 50 fourth graders from E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School. This is the second of five events 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 for all fourth-graders and their families.

“We were delighted to work with The North Face and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids to connect local 4th-grade students to Rock Creek Park where they experienced a fun-filled day learning about local wildlife, watersheds, and outdoor recreation — and the importance of enjoying and preserving these special places,” stated Grace Lee, Executive Director, National Park Trust.

“We’re thrilled to celebrate our centennial and kick off the second year of the Every Kid In a Park program by welcoming new groups of fourth graders to Rock Creek Park, their national park in the heart of the city,” Superintendent Tara Morrison said. “This is one of many amazing national parks in the D.C. area, and we’re committed to helping as many fourth graders as possible get outside and Find Your Park.”

“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is honored to participate in today’s DC launch and to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative for fourth graders across America,” said OAK Co-Founder and Chair, Jackie Ostfeld. “Too few children have opportunities to explore and enjoy the natural world. OAK members are answering President Obama’s call to action to connect America’s 4th graders with our public lands because we believe that time spent outdoors leads to healthier kids and a healthier planet.”

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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 at www.nps.gov, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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 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