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National Park Foundation #ThanksObama for @EveryKidInAPark & Supports White House Initiative With More Than $3 Million in Grant

WASHINGTON – Will Shafroth, president of the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, issued the following statement regarding the White House’s announcement today about the Every Kid in a Park Campaign:

“Aligning perfectly with our efforts to engage the next generation of park visitors, supporters, and stewards, the National Park Foundation is proud to join in saying #ThanksObama for his commitment to connecting kids with America’s public lands and waters, inspiring their natural curiosity and love of these special places. Thanks to generous support from our like-minded partners, we have been able to give millions of dollars in grants to strengthen the Every Kid in a Park initiative through our Open OutDoors for Kids program. We pledge to continue our efforts to expand access to national parks, making it possible for one quarter of the nation’s urban Title One school students to visit a national park in their community. Working together, we can help everyone Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque.”

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. In 2016, commemorating the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary, the Foundation launched The Centennial Campaign for America’s National Parks, a $350 million comprehensive fundraising campaign to strengthen and enhance the future of these national treasures for the next hundred years. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at