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  • CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS

    Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider co-branding programs that your park has already planned between May 10- 25. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
  • Families, Kids, and Adults

     

     
  • We are excited to celebrate our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and invite you to join us for this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.

    Cities and towns across the country can participate by proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Parks Day. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents! 

     

     
     
     
     
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Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments: Olympic National Park

Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments

Olympic National Park

Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park

Over the past 30 years, National Park Trust has undertaken and accomplished many projects to preserve parks. Here is an early example. 

In 1990, National Park Trust negotiated to acquire two separate properties on the shore of Lake Quinault in Washington State’s Olympic National Park. The properties, 3.17 and 3.05 acres respectively, helped preserve an undeveloped scenic forest buffer around a private cove and point on the lake and along the North Shore Road of Lake Quinault. The properties included a vigorous stand of young growth Douglas-fir and hemlock as well as old growth forest of cedar and spruce, prime habitat for the endangered spotted owl.

NPT acquired the properties with funds provided through a grant from the Hewlett Foundation and from the Trust’s Land Acquisition Revolving Fund. 

1990 happens to be the year that NPT was spun out of NPCA as an independent non-profit with its own Board of Trustees. John Rollins, one of those founding board members, remembers well NPT’s board meeting that year in Olympic—the Trust’s first board meeting ever held in a park. “Olympic is one of my favorite parks and we all stayed at the rustic Lake Quinault Lodge. Our visit to the inholding we had purchased for NPS was exhilarating not only because of the majesty of the forest but also because we were saving the habitat of the most publicized endangered species of the time, the spotted owl.” Rollins is the only founding board member still serving as a trustee.

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Water and a Little Sunshine!

Water and a Little Sunshine!

 

 

 Watering plants at the Washington Youth Garden.   Tasting beans in the garden.

 With the support of SunTrust Foundation, 50 preschool students from Sunshine Early Learning Center explored the U.S. National Arboretum. Throughout the day they experienced the many different areas of the Arboretum including the Fern Valley, Youth Garden, and the Capitol Columns.

The programs at the Youth Garden connected garden science, with songs and movement about bees. Children had the opportunity to use trowels, water vegetables, and hold worms. There were great conversations as children picked and tasted in the garden, "I like it!," "I don't like it!," and "Yum... that's sweet." The connection with nature encouraged children to eat foods they otherwise might have turned down. 

NPT Board member Fred Walls who attended the trip noted, “Experiencing the outdoors with the children and seeing their eyes light up with discovery is what it (Buddy Bison) is all about. I am grateful for the opportunity to contribute and participate in such a rewarding activity.”

Thanks to SunTrust Foundation, Sunshine Early Learning Center was welcomed as the first preschool in the Buddy Bison program in 2012. Students have participated in a variety of educational activities that focus on stewardship and healthy outdoor recreation.

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Secretary Jewell Praises the Nomination of Michael L. Conner

Secretary Jewell Praises the Nomination of Michael L. Conner

Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell praised President Obama's intent to nominate Michael L. Connor to serve as the Deputy Secretary of the Department of the Interior. Since 2009, Connor has served as Commissioner of Interior’s Bureau of Reclamation. If confirmed by the U. S. Senate, Connor would be the second highest ranking official at Interior...(Read More) 

“Mike will bring a wealth of knowledge and experience to the position after two decades in public service working on energy, conservation and water issues,” Secretary Jewell said. “He has proven himself to be a thoughtful and collaborative leader on some of the toughest challenges at the Department – including finding sustainable solutions to water challenges in the West and resolving Indian water rights claims. Interior will be well served by his commonsense approach in the Deputy position.” 

Click here to read the DOI press release.

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National Park Service Turns 97!

National Park Service Turns 97!

On Sunday, August 25th, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. To celebrate, admission to all national parks will be free so that everyone can join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

“National parks belong to all Americans, and we invite everyone to join us and celebrate this special day,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

Make sure to grab your Buddy Bison and get outside and celebrate with National Park Service!

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Obesity Levels Drop

Obesity Levels Drop

Earlier this month, the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that a new Vital Signs report shows obesity rates among low-income preschoolers in 19 states have dropped between 2008 and 2011. The First Lady stated, "We know how essential it is to set our youngest children on a path towards a lifetime of healthy eating and physical activity.”

NPT's nationally recognized education initiatives have received attention from the First Lady's Let's Move Outside! office for their focus on engaging hundreds of thousands of children in healthy outdoor recreation activities at parks across the country. In 2012, NPT launched its first preschool pilot program in Washington, D.C. Our goal is to expand the preschool program to engage our youngest children in healthy recreation in parks. Read the Vital Signs report for ways to promote health with preschoolers.