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2023 Marks the 40th Anniversary of the National Parks Nonprofit Trust

Preserving national parks for future generations might seem simple, but it takes a lot of work. Thankfully, the parks have many partners. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the national parks and their partnership with the National Park Trust. The nonprofit dedicates its time to preserving the parks and helping young visitors have amazing experiences.

In 1983, the National Park Trust was created by a passionate group of individuals who poured time and effort into preserving the parks. Now, the community has grown into a variety of park preservationists including educators, students, nonprofit partners, donors, staff, board members, military members, and families. According to the National Parks Traveler, the diverse crew works together to "preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow." The trust expands its work by identifying land for purchase, including those with cultural and historical significance. Then, the trust purchases the land and transfers it to the National Park Service. The trust has added over 25,000 acres to 51 parks throughout their partnership, ranging from an acre to over 10,000.

"The National Park Trust has grown by leaps and bounds since its founding 40 years ago," said Board Chair Scott Stone. "The organization's work is widely recognized and deeply respected across the country, protecting national parks and connecting under-served kids and families to public lands and waters. And even with all the Park Trust's many accomplishments, the organization is extraordinarily well positioned for continued growth and enhanced impact in the years and decades ahead."

The trust often works with younger generations to foster and create a future generation of land stewards. Its family programs encompass tens of thousands of students, from kindergartners to college students.

"As we look to the future, our work is more important than ever. We remain committed to our vision that everyone will experience the endless possibilities of our public parks, lands, and waters," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director

On top of acquiring land for the parks, the trust has also launched educational programs such as the Buddy Bison Program and National Kids to Parks Day.

In honor of its 40th anniversary, the National Park Trust said it will share inspiring stories based on important moments in its history. Preservation enthusiasts can also view an interactive timeline on its website.

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