NYC 4th graders get free passes to visit public lands and waters

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Date: September 28, 2016
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Today, partners came together to ensure kids across America can express our national parks and public lands.  The National Park Trust, The North Face, and the Outdoor Alliance for Kids joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at Gateway National Recreation Area for 90 fourth graders from Amersfort Public School (PS 119) in Brooklyn.  This is the first of five events funded by The North Face Explore Fund.  "We are proud to support the Every Kid in a Park initiative and programs that expose participants to the beauty and joy of the outdoors," said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face.  "Through the Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play."

The students received free passes to America's public lands and waters through the Every Kid in a Park initiative, which seeks to connect young people with the great outdoors by granting free entry to national parks for all fourth-graders and their families.

"We were delighted to work with The North Face and the Outdoor Alliance for Kids to connect local 4-grade students where they experienced a fun-filled day learning about local wildlife, ecology, and outdoor recreation--and the importance of enjoying and preserving these special places," stated Grace Lee, Executive Director , National Park Trust.

"We are excited that Gateway was chosen for this inaugural The North Face Explore Fund Every Kid in a Park event," said Jen Nersesian, superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area.  "As an urban recreation area, we strive to introduce our local students to the joy of outdoor recreation and to help create lifelong stewards for all public lands."

"The Outdoor Alliance for Kids is honored to participate in today's NYC launch and support the Every Kid in a Park initiative for fourth graders across America," said OAK Co-Founder and Chair, Jackie Ostfeld.  "Too few children have opportunities to explore and enjoy the natural world.  OAK members are answering President Obama's call to action to connect 4th graders with our public lands because we believe that time spent outdoors leads to healthier kids and a healthier planet."

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 retain chains.

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 the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK):  OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors.  OAK brings together more that eighty businesses and organizations, led by a steering committee which includes representatives from the Alliance for Childhood, American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Latino Outdoors, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, NatureBridge, The North Face, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world.  For more information:  www.outdoorsaliianceforkids.org.

About Gateway National Recreation Area:  A large diverse urban park spanning two states, Gateway combines recreational activities with natural beauty, wildlife preservation, military history and more.  Visitors can hike, picnic, swim, sunbathe, bike, visit the oldest lighthouse in the nation, see an airplane and camp overnight, all in the New York metropolitan area.  Gateway is one of the ten most visited national parks in the country.  For information about Gateway's upcoming public programs, visit the park's website at www.nps.gov/gate.  To join the conversation about Gateway, like us on our Facebook page, www.Facebook.com/Gatewaynps.

Last updated: September 28, 2016

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