FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015
President Obama to get 4th graders across America outdoors; initiative dovetails with NPT’s Kids to Parks Day, May 16, 2015
Washington, DC—President Obama today launched the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative, providing all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and water for a full year. National Park Trust applauds this initiative as it is perfectly aligned with its mission to ‘preserve parks today and create parks stewards for tomorrow.’
“NPT is confident that the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative will encourage an unprecedented number of kids and families to sign up for Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015. Providing free access to parks and an opportunity to apply for transportation funding will take away the biggest barrier of access to parks for families and schools,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust. “This is an important initiative and a perfect way to prepare for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.”
Five years ago, National Park Trust launched Kids to Parks Day, a national day of play that takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day every year. Last year, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. participated in Kids to Parks Day. NPT’s website, www.parktrust.org, will list all participating park events across the country and provides free downloadable activity guides for families to use year-round. NPT anticipates that more than 1,500 park events will be hosted across the country.
ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT is building a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. To learn more about our work visit www.parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.
National Park Trust is very pleased to once again recognize one of our outstanding teachers for their dedication, creativity, and hard work to connect their students with our parks and public lands. This year "The Buddy" National Teacher Award for Excellence in Environmental Education was awarded to Pam Alexandroff, a fifth-grade teacher from Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL. Pam has explored the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IN) and Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum (IL) with her students, exposing them to an entirely different world near their community. She has worked to bring parks into her classroom through naturalist and ranger visits and also through her daily lesson plans. In the photo above, Pam (center) is pictured with Dick Ring, NPT's park projects director and Alice Vera, the school principal.
Our "hooves off" to Pam! And a HUGE Buddy Bison thanks to Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP who generously sponsor Jose de Diego Community Academy each year. They also provided the wonderful resources so Pam and her daughter Alexandra could travel from Chicago to DC and be recognized by Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and all of our guests at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award event on June 11. Hear her comments from that evening.
Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2014) – National Park Trust (NPT) awarded Senator Ron Wyden (OR) the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at its annual event held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Wyden was recently named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and previously served as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.
NPT recognized Sen. Wyden for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship, and for his ability to create bipartisan solutions. According to NPT, one of his greatest accomplishments in recent years was his leadership on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. This Act protected over 150,000 acres of land in Oregon, and created new wilderness for future generations to enjoy. Sen. Wyden has also been a steadfast supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, continuously pushing legislation that would guarantee full funding. In addition, he co-sponsored a Senate Resolution officially recognizing NPT’s Kids to Parks Day in May 2013 and May of 2014.
“Preserving Oregon’s special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor,” said Sen. Ron Wyden.
“I am so delighted that NPT is honoring Senator Ron Wyden with the Vento Award. I know that Bruce would be delighted as well. Senator Wyden’s commitment to preserving our nation’s treasured national parks and environment and providing opportunities for all citizens- especially children – to experience our national parks makes him a public servant who truly deserves NPT’s recognition,” said Sue Vento, NPT Leadership Council.
NPT also announced that two new schools in Oregon will participate in its Buddy Bison education program: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt in Portland and Fossil Charter School in Fossil. Emerson Electric is underwriting the program in Fossil, OR and Prudential is underwriting the program in Portland, OR.
NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Sen. John McCain, Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rep. George Miller, and Sen. Harry Reid.
ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. More details about NPT’s programs and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org .
For more information on attendance / sponsorships, contact Grace Lee – (301) 279-7275 ext. 14 / email@example.com
Senator Ron Wyden (Oregon)
Washington, D.C. (February 24, 2014) – National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce that Oregon U.S. Senator Ron Wyden, Chair of the U.S. Senate Finance Committee, will receive the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to the Senator at a reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 11, 2014.
"Preserving Oregon's special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor," said Sen. Ron Wyden.
NPT will recognize Senator Wyden for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship, and for his ability to create bipartisan solutions. One of his greatest accomplishments in recent years was his leadership on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. This Act protected over 150,000 acres of land in Oregon, and created new wilderness for future generations to enjoy. Senator Wyden has also been a steadfast supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, continuously pushing legislation that would guarantee full funding. Senator Wyden also co-sponsored a Senate Resolution officially recognizing NPT's Kids to Parks Day in May 2013.
"I am so delighted that NPT is honoring Senator Ron Wyden with the Vento Award. I know that Bruce would be delighted as well. Senator Wyden's commitment to preserving our nation's treasured national parks and environment and providing opportunities for all citizens- especially children – to experience our national parks makes him a public servant who truly deserves NPT's recognition," said Sue Vento, NPT Leadership Council.
2013: Representative Mike Simpson of Idaho
2012: Senator Jeff Bingaman of New Mexico
2011: Senator Susan Collins of Maine
2010: Senator Mark Udall of Colorado
2009: Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger of California
2008: Senator Harry Reid of Nevada
2007: Congressman George Miller of California
2006: Senator John McCain of Arizona
2005: Senator Bob Graham of Florida
2004: Congressman John Lewis of Georgia
2003: Congresswoman Connie Morella of Maryland
2002: Congressman John F. Seiberling of Ohio
2001: Lt. Governor of Alaska Lowell Thomas, Jr.
The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually to a public servant who has demonstrated a lifetime of outstanding service, skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America.
In 2000, National Park Trust established the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce Vento, a 12-term Member of Congress from Minnesota and former Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forests, and Public Lands. During his tenure, Congressman Vento passed more park legislation than any other previous chairman. Congressman Vento died on October 10, 2000 at the age of 60.
Each recipient of the Vento Award has expanded the nation's understanding of what it means to have a lifelong legacy and commitment to protecting America's heritage.
Past award recipient, Congressman John Lewis stated in his 2004 address, "Bruce Vento was a good man. He was an environmental stalwart – a Member who stood second to no one when it came to protecting our environment, strengthening our parks, and preserving our national heritage. He was the environmental conscience of the House, and he continues to inspire Members of Congress – and people throughout the country – who are fighting to make our nation a little cleaner and a little greener for our children and generations yet unborn."
At a 2000 dinner tribute to Vento, former President Bill Clinton said, "He has steered into law more than 300 bills to protect our natural resources." Fellow Minnesotan and former Vice-President Walter Mondale stated, "I think Bruce Vento has been one of the most impressive and effective congressman in modern Minnesota history. It's hard to think of an environmental issue where his leadership has not been found."
Born on October 7, 1940 in St. Paul, Vento attended the University of Minnesota and Wisconsin State University. He worked as a science and social studies teacher before his election to the state House in 1970. He was elected to his first term in Congress in 1976.
National Park Trust Awarded Grant to Implement Environmental Education Program in MISSISSIPPI
Program ENHANCES ELEMENTARY School Science CURRICULUM and promotes
Health and Wellness
(Washington, D.C. - October 21, 2013) -- National Park Trust (NPT), in partnership with Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company, is proud to announce that two Mississippi schools will join their Where's Buddy Bison Been?® environmental education program. The Where's Buddy Bison Been?® program, now in its fifth year, has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water.
The goal of the Where's Buddy Bison Been?® program is to bring science and history lessons outdoors to parks, in order to cultivate the park stewards of tomorrow, and promote healthy living through increased activity and outdoor play. Nearly 50 schools across the country have participated in the program since it was launched in 2009.
This year's program will kick off in Mississippi the week of Oct. 21 through 25 and allow students from Moss Point Elementary and Forest Elementary to learn about their local ecosystem and their native animal and plant species. Two hundred 5th-grade students and teachers from Moss Point Elementary will visit Pascagoula River Audubon Society in Moss Point while 170, 2nd-grade students and teachers from Forest Elementary will visit LeFleur’s Bluff State Park in Jackson.
“We are excited to bring our Buddy Bison school program to Mississippi this year and look forward to working with the students and teachers at Moss Point Elementary and Forest Elementary to bring their science learning outdoors where the students can have ‘hands-on’ experiences and explore their natural world,” stated Grace Lee, executive director of National Park Trust.
As part of the company’s longstanding commitment to be a citizen wherever they serve, Mississippi Power employees will serve as volunteers and work closely with NPT to implement this year-long program. Volunteers will participate in classroom and park visits to help students understand the importance of science and encourage multiple visits to parks and public lands.
“This is a fantastic program that uses museums, nature trails, bayous and more to teach students about Mississippi’s environment,” said Mississippi Power President and CEO and member of the National Park Trust’s Leadership Council Ed Holland. “The students will be having fun and learning at the same time, which is the best way to make an impact on a young mind.”
About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow (www.parktrust.org).
Mississippi Power, a subsidiary of Southern Company (NYSE: SO), produces safe, reliable and environmentally responsible energy for more than 186,000 customers in 23 southeast Mississippi counties. Recognized throughout the utility industry for excellence in storm restoration and recovery efforts, Mississippi Power is the 2013 winner of the Edison Electric Institute’s Emergency Assistance Award. Visit our website at www.mississippipower.com, Follow us on Twitter, or Like us on Facebook.
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