Congressman Roscoe Bartlett announced today that Catoctin Mountain Park has been selected to receive an $11,000 grant from the National Park Foundation, the Congressionally-chartered official charity of America's national parks, as part of its 2012 Park Stewards program. This grant will support three major components of the Catoctin Mountain Park/ Catoctin High School Oral History project. The project includes discovery field trips to the park and the Catoctin Center for Regional Studies at Frederick Community College, oral history interviews, and production of historical documentary vignettes using information from oral history interviews.
Catoctin Mountain Park was previously selected to receive a separate $20,000 grant from the National Park Foundation, as part of its 2012 Active Trails program. That grant will be used to prioritize and plan correction of over 200 documented trail maintenance issues leveraging contributions from a newly formed alliance of diverse park partner groups, youth and adult. This alliance will promote the local trail system for its recreational and health benefits, make vital repairs, and perform general trail maintenance.
Congressman Bartlett said, "This year, because of the dedication of so many loyal Frederick County residents, Catoctin Mountain Park has been selected to receive over $30,000 from the National Park Foundation toward maintaining it for the benefit of current and future Americans. As a farmer and a professor, I know firsthand the importance of inspiring the next generation to take responsibility to be good stewards of our environment and pillars of our communities. The Active Trails and Park Stewards programs are wonderful vehicles for community education and the preservation of America's national parks. These two grants are a credit as well as a blessing to residents of Frederick County."
Since 2009, the National Park Foundation's Park Stewards program has made it possible for the country's high school teachers and their students to build a deeper connection and sense of stewardship for their national parks through personal engagement and service learning projects. This year, University of Phoenix has partnered with the National Park Foundation, making it possible for 22 high school teachers to work in parks over the summer break, creating curriculum that will be taught to their students in the coming school year. During the summer, participating teachers and park staff will also develop service learning projects that will be implemented by high school students throughout the course of the school year. The projects tie to state academic standards and are meaningful to the national parks.
"Our national parks provide an ideal physical backdrop for students to learn relevant information about the world around them," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "Simultaneously, this innovative program imparts the importance of these extraordinary places on our young people, planting the seeds of lifelong engagement with their parks.
"Connecting high school teachers and students to our national parks is a vibrant way to inspire the environmental stewards of tomorrow," said Seth Mones, VP of Sustainability for Apollo Group, the parent company of University of Phoenix. "The Park Stewards program provides a wonderful environmental and educational experience, and University of Phoenix is excited to support this excellent program."
In addition to Catoctin Mountain Park, the 2012 Park Stewards grantees include: Apostle Islands National Lakeshore, Assateague Island National Seashore, Aztec Ruins National Monument, Badlands National Park, Capulin Volcano National Monument, Channel Islands National Park, Cuyahoga Valley National Park, Glen Canyon National Recreation area, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Hopewell Culture National Historical Park, Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore, Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site, Marsh-Billings-Rockefeller National Historical Park, Montezuma Castle National Monument, Natchez Trace Parkway, Palo Alto Battlefield National Historic Site, Saguaro National Park, Timpanogos Cave National Monument.