We thank our newest sponsor Artifact Uprising for their generous support for our Buddy Bison school program during this historic week of the National Park Service Centennial. Their gift will help us get thousands of kids from Title 1 schools to national parks this school year! To learn more click here.
My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland.
This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit from August 25 -- 28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to FindYourPark.com and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.
Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.
Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or see someone else's adventure on social media, but think of how much better it would be to LIVE the adventure! With so many national parks in the country, no video game or TV show can beat the fun adventures that exist outside!
Our school is part of National Park Trust’s Buddy Bison environmental education program and that’s how I learned about the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative. This program, which will start its second year on, gives passes to all 4th graders in the country so that they and their families can visit any national park and public land for free for a full year.
My Every Kid in a Park pass not only provides free entry into all national parks, but also serves as a reminder that I need to keep discovering and exploring new outdoor and historic places. Last June, my classmates and I went to National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park in Maryland. I enjoyed pretending that we were time travelers going to the 1800s to fix some other time travelers’ mistakes. It was so much fun!
My park visits with my school and family inspired me to write my own book, For the Love of Water, since I learned that it is important that we protect our earth’s water. I have even thought about becoming a park ranger!
Thank you President Obama and the many others who gave 4th graders passes to visit these amazing parts of our country. Even as a 5th grader, without my pass, I want to go to more national parks very soon.
I hope that everyone will join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 years of existence and have the chance to get outside and explore the great outdoors!
National Park Trust, Outdoors Alliance for Kids Receive The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grants
NPT’s Buddy Bison Program funded to increase access to the outdoors for youth in 5 urban cities.
Washington, D.C. – June 30, 2016 – In this Centennial year of the National Park Service, National Park Trust is pleased to announce that The North Face has awarded two 2016 Explore Fund grants to benefit our national Buddy Bison School Program. The Buddy Bison program was created in 2009 with the goal of getting kids from under-served communities engaged with our nation’s parks and public lands to experience outdoor recreation, education, and service opportunities. Currently 53 Title 1 public, public charter and private schools across the country -- spanning grades 2 through 8 -- are participating in the program.
In partnership with the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), the first grant, Buddy Bison Gets 4th Graders Park-ing, will be used to kick off the second year of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative in 5 cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. OAK is a national strategic partnership of over 85 organizations from diverse sectors advocating for equitable and readily available opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. Fourth graders from Title 1 schools in these cities will participate in marquee events with The North Face, National Park Trust, OAK and alliance members and be welcomed into the Buddy Bison School Program with funds from the Explore Fund providing park trips to national parks that promote outdoor recreation and align with their school curriculum.
“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is answering President Obama’s call to action to get every kid in a park,” said Jackie Ostfeld, Co-Founder and Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. “We’re honored and thankful that The North Face has made such an important investment to ensure more and more children are able to have a park experience, and we look forward to growing our partnership.”
The second grant, Buddy Bison in the Big Apple, will be used to engage children from K through 8th grades residing in homeless shelters in New York City. Dare2BNYC, a non-profit based in New York City that works to break the cycle of poverty and improve homelessness, will once again work closely with NPT to provide access to parks for these youth. For these students, the Buddy Bison program will emphasize not only outdoor recreation and education, but also career opportunities that support our national parks and public lands. Students will have the opportunity to participate in 4 park experiences and meet with career professionals that support the parks as well as volunteers from The North Face store in Manhattan.
“As we approach the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, we are delighted to share the great news about our expanded partnership with The North Face to provide park experiences for hundreds of students from underserved communities. The Explore Fund will allow many of these students to experience their first park trip where they will enjoy fun outdoor recreation, and learn about STEM, history, park stewardship and career opportunities that support our national parks. ” stated Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.
Both of these grants will be used starting this fall and throughout the 2016-2017 school year.
The North Face selected 45 nonprofits that engage their participants in opportunities that inspire a lifelong love of the outdoors. Selected programs use outdoor exploration as a catalyst for positive personal or societal change, to encourage participants to try new outdoor activities, and promote environmental stewardship values.
“Encouraging people to experience and enjoy the outdoors has been our mission at The North Face since we were founded 50 years ago,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “We are proud to support these outstanding programs that expose participants to the beauty and joy of the outdoors. Through these Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play.”
As part of its mission to start a global movement of outdoor exploration, The North Face introduced Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment.
About The North Face®
The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.
About National Park Trust
National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 park preservation projects benefiting 49 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day have engaged nearly 2,000,000 students across the country with our national parks, public lands and waters.
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National Park Trust, Caesars Entertainment Celebrate National Park Service Centennial with Y Students
Local Students Participate in Historic 100th birthday celebration at Fort McHenry; Local Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs Participate
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BALTIMORE (Aug. 15, 2016) -- On August 25th, the Centennial of the National Park Service, 60 elementary school students (grades 3 to 5) from three Baltimore City Y Community Schools, will particiape at at marquee 100th anniversary celebtration at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.
The event is organized by the non-profit National Park Trust (NPT), which is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The celebration is an extension of NPT’s national Buddy Bison school program, in which students learn about STEM, history, social studies, and health and wellness through outdoor recreation.
“This celebration is 100 years in the making,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. “We are depending on our youth to serve as the next generation of park stewards. By spending this day at Fort McHenry, which played such an important role in our country’s history, we hope to inspire them and create memories that they will treasure for years to come.”
The Centennial event at Fort McHenry will be sponsored by Horseshoe Casino Baltimore’s parent Caesars Entertainment. Two of Caesars’ community volunteer HEROs, Sandra Martinez of Horseshoe Tunica, and Todd Anderson of Horseshoe Hammond, will travel to Baltimore to be part of the celebration and to assist the kids throughout the day. While there, Martinez and Anderson will be recognized as HERO Grand Prize winners, an honor based on their commitment to the community, measurable impact on beneficiary charities and alignment with Caesars community involvement strategic impact areas. In addition, 20 Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs will participate in the event. In 2015 CaesarsHEROs volunteered more than 260,000 hours in communities across the country.
“We are so proud to be part of this extraordinary community,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin. “NPT’s work, especially the Buddy Bison program, which lets kids experience the outdoors, is a favorite volunteer opportunity for our HEROs.”
Students will be greeted at a 10 a.m. welcome program by special guests, including NPS Superintendent Tina Cappetta and Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin. All students will receive a Centennial Jr. Ranger badge. In addition, 4th graders will learn about the Every Kid in a Park pass to kick off the second year of President Obama’s program and its goal of getting every 4th grader across the country to national parks and other public lands. The pass provides free access for 4th graders and their families to all federal lands and Maryland State Parks for one school year.
The students will participate in an unfurling of a replica of the original Star Spangled Banner (30 x 42 feet) while hearing a narration of its history. Then they will break into smaller groups to experience special Fort, Flag, Freedom activities and learn about the historic importance of their local national park.
"It's been said that national parks are America's best idea. What better way to celebrate their Centennial than to invite our youngest citizens and visitors to the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner?” stated Tina Cappetta, Superintendent of Fort McHenry.
“We’re thrilled to support such an important program. It reinforces everything we stand for: encouraging healthy activity, education, inclusion. We’re grateful to National Park Trust and Caesars Corporation for enabling such an enriching activity for Y kids and their families,” said John Hoey, President & CEO of the Y in Central Maryland. The students participating in the event represent Moravia Park Elementary, Holabird Elementary, and Graceland Park Elementary.
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About National Park Trust
National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 land projects benefiting 40 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009 our Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 2,000,000 students across the country with our nation’s parks, public lands and waters (ParkTrust.org).
About Horseshoe Casino Baltimore
Horseshoe Baltimore, developed by CBAC Borrower, LLC, is located on Russell Street extending the city’s tourism footprint and serving as Baltimore’s southern gateway to the city. As a city-integrated casino, it is designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring sports venues M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the city’s famed Inner Harbor. The casino, which opened Aug. 26, 2014, employs 1,500 team members and houses 2,200 video lottery terminals, more than 150 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space. CBAC Borrower, LLC is indirectly owned and controlled by Caesars Growth Partners, LLC (CGP), a joint venture between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Caesars Acquisition Company, together with a world-class consortium of partners consisting of Rock Gaming LLC; CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; STRON-MD and PRT TWO, LLC boasting unmatched expertise and a proven track record in gaming development and operations, entertainment, capital management and urban development and renewal. Horseshoe Baltimore is managed by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.
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About National Park Service
The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.
About The Y in Central Maryland
The Y is a charitable organization in Central Maryland dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.
At the Y, we are committed to providing family-oriented, affordable, high quality programs.
A cause driven organization with three areas of vital focus:
- For Youth Development: nurturing the potential of every child and teen
- For Healthy Living: improving our community’s health & well-being
- For Social Responsibility: giving back and providing support for our neighbors
The Y is a place for everyone. People of all races, ages, faiths, gender, abilities, backgrounds and incomes are welcome and financial assistance on a sliding scale is available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate.
Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility
More information can be found at ymaryland.org.
Timed with the National Park Centennial, the specialty outdoor retailer, outdoor advocacy groups and the Mayor work together to get every kid in D.C. to a park.
REI, national specialty outdoor retailer and consumer co-op, has partnered with the Outdoor Foundation, Outdoor Industry Association, The Conservation Fund, and Mayor Bowser to ensure every public school 4th grader in Washington, D.C. has a powerful national park experience this year. Via Parks4Kids, an initiative of the Outdoor Foundation and the Outdoor Industry Association, and the support of the Mayor’s office, approximately 3,300 4th graders in the District will have the opportunity to visit a nearby national park.
Organized and managed by the National Park Trust and supported by the Mayor, the park trips will include visits to Rock Creek Park, C&O Canal, the National Mall and Prince William Forest Park. The partnership effort will support the broader ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative, which was announced by the White House this year and has the goal of providing an opportunity for every 4th grade student in the country to visit a national park or other federally managed lands and waters nationwide. The Parks4Kids program, launched in January by Outdoor Foundation and Outdoor Industry Association, engages the entire outdoor industry, other sectors and the general public in a nationwide effort to get more kids to parks.
“Thanks to the generous support and leadership from a wide range of partners, we’re thrilled that every 4th grade student in our nation’s capital will have a meaningful park experience – resulting in an important new alliance of outdoor enthusiasts and champions,” said Chris Fanning, executive director of the Outdoor Foundation. “Building on the momentum and success of this effort, I hope that other cities, companies and foundations will work with us to replicate this exciting and impactful model.”
“I want to thank REI for their commitment to DC, and for giving our young people greater exposure to our parkland,” Mayor Bowser. “We have some of the nation’s most beautiful parks in and around Washington, DC, and I am thrilled that our 4th graders will experience the wonder and beauty of the great outdoors.”
Support for this initiative is just part of REI’s commitment and investment in Washington, D.C., as the company opens a flagship store in the District later this year.
“At REI we believe a life outdoors is a life well-lived. So today we’re thrilled to support the nationwide effort to ensure every 4th grader gets into a park at least once this year,” said Marc Berejka, REI’s director of government and community affairs. “During the Centennial year of the National Parks and with our new D.C. flagship store opening later this year, it’s particularly special for us to sponsor outdoor experiences for the District’s public school 4th graders. We hope that with these many, many young steps into parks this year, we’ll see many more lovers of the outdoors emerge in the years to come.”
This year, in celebration of the National Park Centennial, every 4th grader across the country has access to a free park pass. On average, it costs only $10 to give a student a park experience. And yet, many cannot afford to get to parks nor have the gear and equipment to recreate there. That’s where programs like Parks4Kids come in. Individuals and organizations interested in helping get more-kids-to-parks can visit www.parks4kids.info and choose from over one hundred projects in need of support.
“Connecting young people to nature is one of the most important investments the conservation community can make. The return on this investment, in terms of health, productivity and future support for public funding for conservation, is unmatched. The Conservation Fund is thrilled to provide critical support for this effort,” said Larry Selzer, president and CEO of The Conservation Fund.
The local partners are actively working with others in the community to build on this initiative’s exciting momentum.
"In this centennial year of the National Park Service, we are delighted to on this historic opportunity to get every 4th grader connected with their local national parks. Our parks are wonderful outdoor classrooms and great places for outdoor recreation. D.C. is very fortunate to have many different types of parks around the corner and across town,” stated Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.
“Today marks a crucial step toward our goal to get all 4th grader across the country to a National Park,” said Amy Roberts executive director, OIA. “By bringing our children to the country’s National Parks, we are introducing them to recreational opportunities which will serve them for a lifetime.”
For the remainder of 2016, the National Park Centennial, 4th graders across the country will be granted free entry to any National Park or federally managed land.
Outdoor Industry Association
Based in Boulder, CO, with offices in Washington, D.C., Outdoor Industry Association (OIA) is the leading trade association for the outdoor industry and the title sponsor of Outdoor Retailer. OIA unites and serves over 1200 manufacturer, supplier, sales representative and retailer members through its focus on trade and recreation policy, sustainable business, market & consumer insights and industry trends. For more information, visit outdoorindustry.org or call 303.444.3353.
The philanthropic arm of Outdoor Industry Association, the Outdoor Foundation is dedicated to inspiring the next generation of outdoor enthusiasts. Through youth engagement, community grant-making, and groundbreaking research, the Foundation works with partners to mobilize a major cultural shift that leads all Americans to the great outdoors. In just five years, the Foundation has invested $4 million into 785 not-for-profit and college programs that have connected 200,000 young people to the outdoors.
The Conservation Fund
At The Conservation Fund, we make conservation work for America. By creating solutions that make environmental and economic sense, we are redefining conservation to demonstrate its essential role in our future prosperity. Top-ranked for efficiency and effectiveness, we have worked in all 50 states since 1985 to protect more than 7.5 million acres of land.
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