NPT News - May 2014

May 2014 News
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3 Days Until Kids to Parks Day!

If you don’t already have May 17th on your calendar, consider making it your top priority! Families across America are planning a visit to local, state or national parks this Saturday to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. More than 1,000 events in 47 states are listed on our Kids to Parks website which also features helpful downloadable tips and guides to help children, families and teachers plan park adventures. To date, 394 mayors representing 50 states and Washington D.C. and 20 governors (MD, CO, VA, PA, WV, MT, NV, DE, AR, MS, AZ, IL, IN, IA, NM, NC, TN, MN, UT, MO) have issued proclamations in support of the day.

When you pledge to take a child in your life to a park, you'll be automatically entered to win our KTPD14 GRAND prize. Watch this video from our friends at the NFL Players Association then get out and go!

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Senator Ron Wyden to Receive 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

Senator Ron Wyden (OR) will be presented with the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award on June 11th at NPT's annual award reception in Washington, D.C. at the Newseum. The Senator will be recognized for his decades of leadership to protect and preserve our parks and public lands, and for his long-term commitment to support full funding of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

Prior to his selection as chair of the Senate Finance Committee, the Senator served as chair of the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

“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 Senator Wyden.

To purchase tickets to the event or to become a sponsor, click here


Katten Kids Connect with Nature

Our partnership with Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP began in 2012, when they provided a generous grant to engage students from José de Diego Community Academy (Chicago, IL) in our Buddy Bison environmental education program. Since that time the students have participated in a variety of outdoor experiences. In addition, teachers received our Buddy Bison toolkit filled with resources to incorporate environmental education into lesson plans throughout the year. 

"We at Katten, Muchin Rosenman, LLP are delighted to partner with National Park Trust to sponsor José de Diego Community Academy as a Buddy Bison school. The feedback from the students and teachers has been so positive; parks are wonderful places for students to learn and enjoy," stated Megan McKeon, senior marketing manager. 

To read more, click here.

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Union Pacific Environmental Stewardship Award

Last month, NPT was the recipient of a grant from Union Pacific Railroad thanks to the efforts of Ann Gentle, senior manager of automotive operations. Ann was selected among the company's 45,000 employees as a finalist in their annual Chairman's Environmental Award, which was established to recognize a Union Pacific employee demonstrating outstanding environmental awareness, leadership and responsibility.

After careful research, Ann selected NPT to receive the grant for our work to connect kids to the outdoors and also for our top A- ranking with Charity Watch - a nationally prominent charity rating and evaluation service that helps donors make informed giving decisions.

Ann's passion for the outdoors developed as a young child backpacking with her family. Ann has shared her passion for the outdoors with her three children who all enjoy camping and hiking. In fact, they are all "highpointers", hiking to the highest point in each state they visit - 26 so far! However, Ann refers to her group as the "slowpointers", given that half of their hikes involved a small child in a backpack carrier or negotiating with a slightly older one to "just take 10 more steps."

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4 New National Historic Landmarks 

Last month U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis began National Park Week by announcing the designation of four new national historic landmarks. These new sites will join the 2,540 other sites across the country recognized as places that possess exceptional value and quality in illustrating or interpreting the heritage of the United States.

The announcement was made as part of National Park Week, an annual event honoring the natural beauty and cultural heritage contained in America’s national parks.

The newest additions to the national historic landmarks include: the Adlai E. Stevenson II Farm, The Detroit Industry Murals, the George Nakashima Woodworker Complex, and the 1956 Grand Canyon TWA-United Airlines Aviation Accident Site.

To read the full press release, click here

Sponsor Spotlight

Prudential Financial Inc. has a long history of commitment to providing financial resources to help develop communities and drive progress. This is accomplished through the Prudential Foundation, which promotes social investments, employee engagement, and honors student volunteers. Prudential is a lead sponsor of NPT's 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award, with all proceeds benefiting our youth education and park preservation programs.

"With Prudential Foundation's generous gift, we will be able to advance our important park preservation projects and engage even more children from under-served communities with our country's natural landscapes," stated Grace Lee, NPT executive director.

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