Help kids connect to nature in National Parks! It’s so easy…

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My son at Crater Lake National Park, June 2014

We’re big fans of our National Parks, and we cherish the opportunities we’ve had to explore some beautiful places with our kids, such as Yellowstone NP, Yosemite NP, Crater Lake NP, Glacier NP, and Mt. St. Helens National Volcanic Monument. Our friends at the National Park Trust do, too.

We were delighted to help the NPT spread the word about their annual Kids to Parks Day last May – they received 633, 764 pledges from folks all over to simply get outside and spend part of their day at a park. That’s awesome!

Now the National Park Trust has been chosen as a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project in honor of the National Park Service Centennial Year, which begins August 25, 2015. That means, to celebrate the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary in 2016, the NPT will receive funds to further their awesome school programs to give kids a national park experience. If the NPT raises $450,000 by September 18th, it will be matched for a total of $900,000, to be used for students at 60 schools across the United States.

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This is where you come in – and where you can make a difference. Can I count on you to donate $5 to the National Park Trust? That would really mean you are providing $10 toward school field trips into nature. That $10 would cover the bus ride for one student. If you can help, think of it like this: when you visit a national park some time in the next year or so, a kid is also receiving a similar experience – because of you.

Help me in connecting kids to nature in our National Parks! Donate now by clicking on the Buddy Bison image below – I just did! – and thank you for helping the National Park Trust with their mission to educate students about their country’s amazing natural treasures.

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Also, keep in mind that part of the National Park Service’s centennial celebration is the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which will provide free admission to national lands to every 4th grader and their families for the 2015-16 school year. Learn more about that here.

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