June 11, 2008
Washington, DC – Nevada Senator Harry Reid was awarded the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award by the National Park Trust. Senator Reid received the award in recognition of his lifetime of outstanding service and innovation in the preservation of Nevada's outdoors. Among Reid's accomplishments is the creation of Great Basin National Park, Nevada's first and only national park.
"I am honored to receive this award named for my friend, Bruce Vento," Reid said. "Bruce was a great man who devoted his life to keeping America beautiful. Together, we created Great Basin National Park. In honoring his memory, we must all continue to do our part in preserving Nevada's wealth of outdoor treasures."
Bruce F. Vento served as the Chairman of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests and Public Lands for more than a decade. He is credited with laws that preserve wilderness areas in Alaska, Minnesota, and American Samoa.
Founded in 1983, National Park Trust is the only land conservancy dedicated to preserving our national system of parks, wildlife and historic monuments.
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.