Commitment provides underserved and urban youth access to National Parks
SEATTLE – June 2, 2016 – Eddie Bauer, the iconic outdoor brand, has pledged a $50,000 donation to the National Park Foundation’s Field Trip Grants supporting the Every Kid in a Park initiative. Announced last year by The White House, Every Kid in a Park provides every fourth grader, and their families, a free annual pass to experience our nation’s public lands and waters.
“Many people who enjoy outdoor recreation started as kids, enjoying the outdoors with their family and friends. It is also when they begin to develop an appreciation and respect for nature,” states Mike Egeck, Chief Executive Officer for Eddie Bauer. “It’s this next generation that holds the power to ensure these lands remain protected and preserved. Through our donation to the National Park Foundation, we hope to provide more youth with access to our national parks, and inspire them to explore and protect the outdoors for generations of outdoor enthusiasts to come.”
The National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service, collaborates with school districts, parks, and park partners to provide efficient transportation support to hundreds of thousands of students to visit these special places.
Research demonstrates that kids who spend time outdoors are healthier and do better in school. Kids who have opportunities for hands-on learning outdoors also demonstrate more interest in and are more proficient in science. Similarly, a young person's understanding of history improves after visiting sites of cultural significance.
Due to a lack of socioeconomic and geographic resources, many young people do not have access to the nation’s public lands and waters, which is why the Foundation’s Every Kid in a Park Field Trip Grants focuses primarily on supporting underserved and urban communities. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, Eddie Bauer’s donation will help introduce kids in these communities to the national parks in their own backyards and experience unparalleled hands-on learning opportunities.
Eddie Bauer is proud to support the National Park Foundation’s Field Trip Grant programs, and will help provide additional materials such as #EveryKidInAPark stickers, annual pass lanyards and in-kind product for Every Kid in a Park programming.
To learn more about the Every Kid in the Park initiative, visit http://www.nationalparks.org/ook/every-kid-in-a-park.
To learn more about Eddie Bauer and the National Park Foundation’s Field Trip Grants, please visit www.eddiebauer.com/parkkids.
About The National Park Foundation
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 www.nationalparks.org.
About Eddie Bauer
Eddie Bauer is an active outdoor brand offering premium-quality outerwear, apparel, footwear, accessories and gear. For almost 100 years, Eddie Bauer has been outfitting America; inspiring and enabling people to live their adventure. Eddie Bauer products are available online at www.eddiebauer.com, and at more than 400 stores in the United States, Canada, Germany, Japan, and Southeast Asia.