This report provides an illustrated narrative of the many different ways that our activities and donations have assisted the National Park Service and the other partners we serve in fiscal year 2016.
Eastern National Website Gets a New Look
Eastern National recently revamped its website. As part of our efforts to improve functionality and design, the site now features numerous enhancements, including a fresh, modern look; responsive design; a new searchable map with EN store locations; a gallery of park stories that highlight how EN funds provide support to our park partners; archives of the ENformer newsletter; and more.
Please visit the new website and see what’s new!
In 2016, with support from an Eastern National Call to Action Grant of $10,000, Buffalo National River launched a life jacket loaner program. Complimentary life jackets are now made available to park visitors for a day or weekend, increasing life jacket use while educating the public about their importance.
Visit here for more information on this and other examples of our funds at work.
Eastern National Awards Competitive Grants to Partners for Fiscal Year 2017
Eastern National is pleased to announce the awardees of its 2017 Competitive Grant Program. The EN Competitive Grant Program provides funding to parks to support the educational, scientific, and interpretive activities of the National Park Service. These 32 partners have been awarded grants in the following amounts for a total of $226,479 in funding support for FY17.
Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area – $2,925 to support the “GO BIG 2017 Challenge,” a yearlong park-wide event designed to involve visitors from diverse backgrounds and physical abilities to experience their park.
Blue Ridge Parkway – $10,000 to develop a Comprehensive Interpretive Plan for the Moses Cone Memorial Park and to document recommendations to rehabilitate exhibits at the Waterrock Knob Visitor Center.
Canaveral National Seashore – $8,310 to purchase and install new extreme weather IP cameras, WIFI speed directional stations, and routers and switches, as well as one-year onsite support, for the live streaming webcams on the beach and in Mosquito Lagoon.
Cane River Creole National Historical Park – $10,000 to support the Cane River Heritage Days event.
Cape Lookout National Seashore – $9,000 to update and refurbish equipment for the park’s Traveling Trunks and Junior Ranger Adventures programs.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument and Fort Matanzas National Monument – $6,805 to host the “Hands-on-History & Nature Camps” summer camp program and support youth outreach initiatives.
Catoctin Mountain Park – $4,950 for critical assistance in the acquisition of interpretive and educational materials for the park’s Discovery Activity Room, located in the visitor center, which provides hands-on activity stations for children.
Cowpens National Battlefield – $8,530 for a two-night camping experience at the park for at-risk and underserved youth that highlights the park’s cultural history, giving the youth a hands-on experience of colonial-era life.
Flight 93 National Memorial – $10,000 for buses to transport local schoolchildren, many who are underprivileged students, to visit the memorial and participate in educational programming. The grant also supports the cost of the production of a Teacher Guide and wildflower seed packets to be given to the students to take home for a post-visit activity.
Fort Stanwix National Monument – $9,850 to support the Oneida Artisan/History series, in which the park is working with the Oneida Indian Nation to provide living history programming and artisan demonstrations during summer 2017 special events.
George Rogers Clark National Historical Park – $8,000 for the repair and replacement of period clothing and other accoutrements used in the park’s living history programs.
George Washington Birthplace National Monument – $8,275 to obtain oral histories from the descendants of Washington family slaves to inform exhibit planning for the tricentennial of George Washington’s birth in 2032. The grant also supports a project to remove an outdated slavery exhibit and install a reflecting area in its place.
Hampton National Historic Site – $5,900 to fund two one-week summer camps for underserved Baltimore-area 4th grade students to expose them to the many stories of the Hampton estate.
Harry S Truman National Historic Site – $1,090 to digitize and create high-quality preservation copies of several park films that depict the park’s history and development.
Homestead National Monument of America – $10,000 for a “Science On a Sphere®” interactive exhibit and expenses and supplies for four NASA scientists to present educational programs during the park’s multi-day event programming to commemorate the total solar eclipse on August 21, 2017.
Hopewell Culture National Historical Park – $5,000 to support production of an interactive interpretive and educational display at the Mighty Museum, a new children’s museum in Chillicothe, Ohio, that introduces children to the park.
Horseshoe Bend National Military Park – $3,600 to create three traveling trunk exhibits, which provide materials for teachers to teach the story of the Battle of Horseshoe Bend and the Creek War, to send to 4th grade classrooms.
James A. Garfield National Historic Site – $6,500 to support the park’s annual Civil War encampment weekend.
Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park – $10,000 to hire an intern from a youth partner conservation agency to assist park staff with education and outreach.
Lincoln Home National Historic Site – $3,584 to secure the services of a Teacher-Ranger-Teacher to create curriculum-based programs and present a training class to park staff on how to connect students with the history and cultural resources of the park.
Mammoth Cave National Park – $10,000 to upgrade six cave wayside exhibits.
Minuteman Missile National Historic Site – $9,000 for supplies and materials as part of a new science, technology, engineering, and math-based education and outreach program, engaging youth in the science of intercontinental ballistic missiles.
Natchez Trace Parkway – $8,300 to support the “Wildlife Weekend” event at the parkway.
New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park – $10,000 to support the Music for All Ages program, a total of 20 Saturday interpretive programs, in which youth and other visitors can join in on one of the performances by a professional New Orleans brass band to learn to play New Orleans music in the traditional way – by ear and by example.
New River Gorge National River – $9,600 to fund four elementary, four middle, and four high school teachers to participate in a workshop to strengthen existing and develop new educational curriculum programs for the park.
Obed Wild and Scenic River – $4,770 to purchase 30 digital cameras, memory cards, camera cases, and mini tripods for use in the “Parks in Focus” curriculum-based youth program. These park-owned digital cameras are to be provided during ranger-led park programs to help connect youth from underserved communities to nature through photography.
Oxon Cove Park and Fort Washington Park – $3,500 for materials for “NPS on the Go” environmental interpretive traveling trunks, each containing items for a park staff member to lead an engaging program for a youth audience on one of five different nature topics: birds, trees, insects, climate change, and the watershed.
Rock Creek Park – $3,050 to support Saturday educational arts/crafts programs, a square dancing event, and interpretive programming at the park’s annual Heritage Day event.
Russell Cave National Monument – $10,000 to support events featuring workshops and presentations spotlighting American Indian culture as it relates to the monument and surrounding area.
Salem Maritime National Historic Site – $2,500 to assist in funding a weeklong summer camp, actively engaging local youth on the water at Salem Sound through boating, marine wildlife, and aquatic adventures.
Shiloh National Military Park – $9,600 to fund the rehabilitation of two interpretive exhibit areas in the visitor center at Shiloh Battlefield.
Stones River National Battlefield – $3,840 to support an event based on the first Decoration Day and later expressions of celebrating the freedoms won during the Civil War.