School Contest


This year NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest! The purpose of the contest is to empower students to create and plan their own park experience. This national contest is open to all schools across the country and in the U.S. territories. Students can submit proposals for a KTP event at a park in their community. NPT will award scholarships up to $1,000 to winning entries. Scholarships will be used by the winners to implement their KTP event during the month of May 2015. Deadline for entries is Monday, March 2nd. Winners will be announced Tuesday, March 17th, 2015 on our website. Please note that schools from under-served communities will be given higher priority.


How to enter:

  1. Download the entry form here WORD or PDF
  2. Students must complete the two-page entry form
  3. Email or mail the proposal to:

Billy Schrack -
National Park Trust
401 E. Jefferson Street
Suite 203
Rockville, MD 20850

If you have any questions please call 301-279-7275 x17

Please note: more then one class can apply per school. All proposals must be postmarked or emailed by March 2, 2015.

 Contest Details: 

  • Students must select a park near their school.
  • The students must research the park to find out what outdoor recreation activities, educational, and park stewardship opportunities.
  • Students must complete the two-page entry form.
  • One entry form can be submitted per class; more than one entry form can be submitted per school.
  • We want to hear from the students, so help them develop their ideas, but allow them to complete the proposal in their own words.
    • If the students are unable to complete the proposal for any reason, please contact William Schrack at NPT (301-279-7275 x17)
  • Be creative, video entries and artwork are encouraged!
  • Cover letters from teachers are also encouraged but not required.

Contest winners will receive:

  • Funding for one park experience including school bus transportation, healthy snacks, park related fees, or supplies for park stewardship project.
  • Official award certificate and KTP stickers for students.
  • A classroom Buddy Bison, our pint-sized woolly mascot to take, on your park adventure.
  • A featured news story on our website and e-newsletter.

 Highlights from last year's contest:

  • 47 scholarships awarded serving 3,209 students in grades prek-12
  • KTP student led events planned in 29 states
Tri-County Christian School - NC

"As an educator whose school has received a Kids to Parks Day National School Contest grant for two years, thank you for making these great opportunities available which in turn make great memories, and hopefully make the students more aware of the beauty and blessings of our parks nationwide."

Teresa Young, Principal, Spruce Pine, NC

Alderwood Elementary School - WA

"Thank you so much for supporting this endeavor. Winning the grant was more than just a financial boost for these students.  It let them know the value of trying and having the decision go their way. The field trip itself expanded the world of so many of so many of them, taught them a few things, and gave them some wonderful memories. It has been a very meaningful journey!"

Krista Gordon 4th grade teacher, Bellingham, WA

Kimberlin Academy for Excellence - TX

We are so thankful for the partnerships that we were able to establish between our school and local business, organizations, and residents. We are also very appreciative of the connections that we created between our students and their environment, their park, and their community.Thank you for helping us inspire a new generation to appreciate and be stewards of the world around them, but especially, the ones in their own backyard.

-Coach Adame, Garland, TX