#Giving Tuesday: Why Support NPT?

Tuesday, December 2, 2014
Kids need parks, and parks need kids. Sounds simple enough. However, there is a growing disconnect between children and these parks.  Why does it matter? How can you help?
On average, children spend approximately 90% of their time inside. Increasing pressures of school and homework get in the way of unstructured park play.  Parents’ real concerns for the safety of their children unaccompanied restrict access to parks.  Increasingly busy parents have time and financial constraints on their ability to transport children to parks. There is an alarming increase in the usage of multimedia by children (computer, multi media tablets, TV, video games, etc…. ) which correlates with their view that nature is necessary, but not relevant to their lives.  It is not surprising that although children understand the environment more than ever before, they increasingly see its preservation as the responsibility of someone else. 
If we can’t connect these kids to nature right now, we could lose an entire generation of future park lovers and stewards.  You can make sure that doesn’t happen.  On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, charities, families, businesses, community centers, and students around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity on #GivingTuesday.  We have registered again this year as a qualifying charity to receive donations to help protect parks and create stewards for tomorrow.  The concept is simple, on December 2nd go to our website parktrust.org, and then donate. Our unique program provides access to parks for children (especially those in under-resource communities), including parks where NPT is acquiring and restoring land. A donation of just $10 can send a child to a park, where lessons in STEM are brought to life, doors to conservation jobs are opened and the park and the kids have a better chance of flourishing as a result of this bond. 
Don’t stand by on December 2nd, get involved and donate to NPT. Kids need parks and parks need kids. Your donation to NPT can change the life of a child and will benefit our parks in perpetuity.