Blog posts tagged Conservation

    “If we're not careful, environmentalists will carry nature in their briefcases and not in their hearts.”

    “Passion is lifted from the earth itself by the muddy hands of the young; it travels along grass-stained sleeves to the heart. If we are going to save environmentalism and the environment, we must also save an endangered indicator species: the child in nature.”

    ― Richard Louv, Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder

    Reimagining Conservation: The Next 100 Years

    In March 2016, 35 grassroots organizations came together in a first-of-its-kind discussion among civil rights, environmental justice, health equity, and grassroots conservation organizations pursuing a shared vision of a more diverse and inclusive culture in managing and preserving our nation’s public lands and waters. Two years later, the Next 100 Coalition continues to lead a movement bringing that vision to reality.

    Partnering for the Future

    We at National Park Trust (NPT) value the power of partnerships. It is through our partnerships that we extend our reach and achieve our mission: preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow. Together with our partners, we work with a single vision: that everyone, especially children from underserved communities, will have an American park experience.

    Join the Chorus: Uniting Voices for People and Nature

    If you’ve ever heard voices join in four-part harmony, you know that the beautiful, full sound produced is something special. A chorus of high and low voices joining together moves us to stop and listen, producing a sound more powerful than a solo voice, and richer than many voices singing in unison.

    How do you zoo?

    My toddler son’s favorite book (currently) is The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper. Most of us are probably familiar with the story—an engine pulling a train full of toys and food for children breaks down, and the toys are stranded. Several other engines pass by, but each refuses to pull the broken-down train over the mountain and into town. That is, until a small, blue engine agrees, despite her size, to give it a try.

    Youth-focused Community and Citizen Science

    When do experiences with science lead young people to create change in their lives, landscapes, and communities? Consider this reflection from Rachel Anne Arias, a 12-year-old living in La Crescenta in Southern California:

    Americans Agree: Our Parks Should Stay Open to All

    Americans oppose Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke’s plan to raise entrance fees in our most iconic and awe-inspiring national parks. According to a new bipartisan poll released by the Outdoors Alliance for Kids, an overwhelming majority of Americans believe our parks should remain open and available to those who want to visit them. Americans, across political parties, believe our parks should be funded federally and not through an entrance fee increase, which new evidence shows will likely have a dramatic impact on visitation.

    How Big City Mountaineers Works with Corporate Partners to Get Kids Outside

    Big City Mountaineers’ (BCM) weeklong wilderness expeditions and camps offer under-resourced teens opportunities to build critical life skills through the framework of the hands-on, in-person setting of the Great Outdoors. Trips are made up of a one-to-one ratio of teens to adults, so kids build relationships with adult mentors.