NPT News - January 2012

JANUARY 2012 ISSUE
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Our mission: Preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow.

The 2nd Annual National Kids to Parks Day Event – May 19, 2012

Kids to Parks Day

Dear Friends,

Please join us to celebrate the 2nd Annual National Kids to Parks Day on May 19, 2012. NPT created National Kids to Parks Day to empower kids to discover and enjoy parks in their community. Our goal is to inspire healthy outdoor recreation and to cultivate our future park stewards. In our first year on May 21, 2011, nearly 200 mayors coast to coast signed official proclamations and many hosted events in their community parks to celebrate the day.  In addition, more than 15,300 families participated. This year promises to be an even bigger event!

National Kids to Parks Day is officially in support of the First Lady's Let's Move Outside! initiative.

We gratefully acknowledge our national partners:

Please visit our new Kids to Parks Day website where you can find resources on how to plan your event and other helpful information! www.kidstoparks.org.

See what El Paso, Texas has planned for the day – Click here

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

New this year is the launch of our Kids to Parks Day School Contest. This contest is open to all schools across the country and in the U.S. territories for grades pre-K to 12. The theme of this year’s contest is “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”  NPT will award scholarships up to $1,000 to winners. All awards will be used to create park trips during the week leading up to May 19th.

Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1st. Winners will be announced Monday, March 19th.

For more information visit: http://www.kidstoparks.org/school-contest.

Planning for the Next Century: National Parks Summit

Last week from January 24th to 26th, hundreds of conservation leaders from across the country convened for a three day summit in Washington, DC to discuss the future of our nation's best idea: our national parks. Hosted by the National Parks Conservation Association, National Park Foundation, and National Park Hospitality Association, the forum provided the perfect opportunity for sharing ideas, experiences and goals for the second century of the National Park System and the National Park Service.

Using NPS' A Call to Action as the blueprint for discussion, reflections and strategic planning, park supporters discussed how to preserve these iconic historical places and make them relevant to all of our residents as we prepare for the centennial celebration in 2016. The positive economic impact of our parks and their role in promoting tourism and creating jobs will play an important part of the strategic goals. "The summit was inspirational and NPT is looking forward to using our programs to support the 'action agenda' that will be generated as a result of the forum", said Grace Lee, NPT executive director. To learn more visit www.nps.gov.

American flags at Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park.

Act Now to Protect Most Visited Civil War Battlefield

Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is the most highly visited battlefield in the country with 500,000 more visitors than Gettysburg. It was also the top ranked of all the NPS battlefields in the FY12 budget. Unfortunately, given the recent Appropriations bill passed in Congress, Land and Water Conservation Funds may not stretch to acquire a significant parcel within the park.

Currently the Secretary of the Interior and his staff are looking at ways in which to make more things happen than what the appropriations process yielded. NPT believes that Kennesaw merits funding in this fiscal cycle because of the sesquicentennial commemoration of the Civil War and because of a comprehensive educational module NPT is developing at the park (click here to read more about the module).

Building on NPT’s park preservation and youth education initiatives, the goal in Kennesaw is to enable young people to be part of the preservation process and to teach them about the unique historical, geological, and social values of this urban wilderness while being part of an ongoing land conservation effort at the park. Simply stated, NPT will be making park conservation relevant to school-aged children through this project by integrating land conservation and youth education.

Help us support this park preservation project by contacting DOI Secretary Ken Salazar and NPS Director Jon Jarvis, and urging them to support the acquisition at Kennesaw.

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