NPT News - June 2013

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In our 30th year, NPT is proud to debut our brand new logo! "Our new logo is strong enough to uphold our tradition of land preservation and fun and modern enough to incorporate our education programs like Buddy Bison and National Kids to Parks Day," said Grace Lee, executive director.

Along with the new logo, NPT will be working to create park memories that will be yours to "treasure forever" — our new tagline!

Left to right: Sue Vento, NPT leadership council / Representative Mike Simpson (ID) / Diana Leon-Taylor, NPT board vice chair / Bill Brownell, NPT board chair

Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Recognizes: Representative Mike Simpson (ID)

Earlier this month, NPT honored Representative Mike Simpson with the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. Currently serving as Chair of the House Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee, Simpson has been responsible for many bipartisan solutions to preserving parks and improving public access. At both the state and federal level, he has worked to create conservation policies that benefit both land and people. Watch our video including a tribute by former Senator, Governor (ID) and Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne.

Left to right: Christina Stroman / Representative Mike Simpson (ID) / LaTia Cook

Two WMSG Students "Wowed" Guests at Vento Event

Christina Stroman and LaTia Cook, from the Washington Middle School for Girls, "wowed" our guests while sharing their experiences with the Buddy Bison school program. They also congratulated Representative Simpson and presented him with his very own Buddy Bison and official Buddy Bison T-shirt.

In her comments, LaTia noted, “I want students to look up to me as a great scientist. Maybe I will be the first scientist to bring animals back from extinction!” Christina had a similar reaction when she said, “After these trips, I want my mom to take me to many more parks near our great city of Washington, D.C.

Left to right: LaTia Cook / Christina Stroman / Sally Jewell, Secretary of the Interior

Click here to read more or watch a video from the event.

Buddy Bison Schools with Secretary Sally Jewell at Great Outdoors Month Kick-off

Surrounded by 200 Buddy Bison school students casting fishing lines, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell joined many partners including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bass Pro, and National Park Trust on the Anacostia River to launch National Fishing and Boating Week and kick off Great Outdoors Month. Third through 7th-grades students from Brent Elementary, Washington Latin Public Charter School, and Washington Middle School for Girls participated in the fun-filled event.

For nearly all of the students, it was their first time fishing and boating. "It’s key that we continue to support policies and investments that connect the next generation to the great outdoors,” Secretary Jewell stated.

Jon Jarvis, director, National Park Service swearing in Buddy Bison students as Junior Rangers

National Park Service Director Outlines Agency Challenges – and Solutions

The American Recreation Coalition (ARC) welcomed, Director Jon Jarvis of the National Park Service, as its special guest speaker at the Great Outdoors Week Recreation Exchange on June 4, 2013. Director Jarvis’s remarks covered a number of key topics, including the challenges currently facing the National Park Service and plans for the upcoming centennial celebration in 2016.

As the National Park Service prepares for its second century, it is facing some significant challenges, from essentially flat visitation to aging infrastructure. Director Jarvis noted, “We’ve got to connect all Americans,” he said, describing the lack of diversity and youth as “a recipe for decline”. Click here to read more.

2013 National School Contest Winners

Thank You CamelBak!

Our national school contest winners thank CamelBak for their in-kind gift of eddy .75L bottles. All of the students who took their park trips in May received bottles - more than 1,500 kids! Kristina Anne Bauer a seventh grade teacher from St. Martin de Porres (Philadelphia, PA) remarked that the students were also using their bottles every day in the classroom, stating “They are the envy of the school with students and teachers asking how they could get their own! What a fantastic company!” One of her students agreed, “I use my CamelBak water bottle everyday!”

Not only did this gift mean so much to the students but also it teaches them how to be good stewards of the environment by using them every day. Click here to watch a fun video of our kids celebrating with their new gift!

July is National Park and Recreation Month!

Since 1985, July has been designated as Park and Recreation Month. The National Recreation and Park Association, one of our partners for National Kids to Parks Day, created and hosts this month-long celebration. Park and Recreation Month is a terrific way to keep discovering parks in your community. And don't forget to grab your Buddy Bison and "get out and go!" Celebrate the month by visiting a local park in your area.

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