National Park Trust recently learned that their youth programs were selected as a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project in honor of the 2016 National Park Service Centennial year. The National Park Service selected NPT for a one-to-one match of $450,000 that will result in a total of $900,000 specifically designated for the expansion of their school programs (Buddy Bison Environmental Education Program and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest).
As we approach the new school year, NPT is asking for our help to raise resources for the Buddy Bison School Program. The Centennial Challenge will allow NPT to be able to work with up to 60 Title 1 schools to provide multiple park experiences — at least one to a national park unit — throughout the school year, plus classroom toolkits full of resources and so much more! $10 provides bus transportation for one child for one park trip. There are more than 400 national park units across the country! A $5 donation to NPT will become $10, and that is enough to get one child out to a park unit.
For $5, the price of a Starbucks latte, you can be part of a grassroots movement and help children have a park experience who wouldn’t otherwise have one. Donate to NPT’s Centennial Challenge here: https://donate.parktrust.org/ One great thing is that the Every Kid in a Park Initiative coincides with the National Park Service Centennial Year and allows every 4th grader in the U.S. to have a park experience during the 2015-16 school year. (http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park)
I was invited by National Park Trust to participate in their Centennial Challenge Campaign, however the views expressed are my own.Link with info about NPT’s School Programs: http://www.parktrust.org/youthprograms/buddy-bison