Fort Stevens, Rock Creek Park
NPT Protects Critical Historic Property
"In our search to find an organization that understands and shares our interests, we found the National Park Trust. NPT was willing to act to keep this history intact." - Patricia A. Tyson, Secretary, Military Road School Alumni Association
Citizen Land Conservancy Buys Critical Historical Property in the Nation's Capital
WASHINGTON, DC - The National Park Trust (NPT) announced today the purchase of a critical property located at Fort Stevens, which is part of Rock Creek Park, a unit of the national park system.
"This 'missing link' will add several pieces of America's history and needed inner city open space to the National Park Service (NPS)," said Paul C. Pritchard, President of NPT.
The property is located a few feet away from where President Lincoln witnessed Confederate Troops marching toward the Capital. This is the only recorded incident of a U.S. President exposed to enemy fire while in office.
The acquisition will also help protect the Military Road School, one of the historic schools for African-American children during the era of segregated education.
Fort Stevens is part of the nation's largest urban unit of the NPS. It was slated for development into townhouses. At the last minute NPT was able to purchase the property from the developer and a local group that owned the property. NPT is holding the property until the NPS is able to purchase it.
"Preserving the cultural heritage of the Nation's Capital is important because it reflects the strength, valor, dignity and courage which have made our nation great," said Patricia A. Tyson, Secretary, Military Road School Alumni Association. "In our search to find an organization that understands and shares our interests, we found the National Park Trust. NPT was willing to act to keep this history intact."
"This property is a part of the NPT Capital Region Campaign for our nation which now will be added to our parklands", said Paul C. Pritchard, President of NPT. "Although it's a small piece of land it is essential to the history and heritage of our area that are intertwined in Rock Creek Park. Rock Creek is not only a geological resource but includes great sculpture work, civil war history, African-American history and other qualities that were envisioned as a critical part of this unique national park."
The National Park Trust is the only private land conservancy uniquely dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife refuges, and historic monuments.
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National Park Trust (NPT)
Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.
Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).
This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.