New App Helps Military Families Create Lasting Memories in Parks

May 17, 2019

Washington, DC (May 17, 2019)National Park Trust (NPT) is pleased to announce the launch of its brand new ParkPassport app for iPhone and Android. In collaboration with Blue Star Families and with the support of the National Park Service, this app will allow users to find their closest park and collect virtual passport stamps from national, state, and local parks across the country.

The ParkPassport app identifies over 130,000 parks across the United States and encourages users to collect activity and park badges to fill their virtual passport. For families PCSing this summer it will be a vital tool for finding the new park treasures and places to unwind and reconnect on long drives.

This project is an expansion of the partnership established between National Park Trust and Blue Star Families in 2018, in support of their respective initiatives, Kids to Parks Day and Blue Star Parks. The partnership’s mission is to encourage active duty military service members and their families to discover and explore their local parks and experience the educational and health benefits of the great outdoors. This app, and the ongoing partnership between the organizations promotes outdoor engagement by providing all of the necessary tools for finding and enjoying parks.

The app will launch in May 2019, just in time to help military families plan their summer travel. To entice military service members to use ParkPassport, the first 20,000 families to download the app have the opportunity to receive a free Buddy Bison plush toy—the mascot of National Park Trust, which challenges kids to “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

“Not only is spending time outdoors good for kids, it’s good for making memories and for strengthening families,” said Kathy Roth-Douquet, chief executive officer of Blue Star Families. “We are excited to be partnering with National Park Trust on a tool that will empower military families to celebrate and explore America’s backyard together.”

“We are thrilled to work with Blue Star Families to create an all-in-one tool for creating lasting family memories in the great outdoors,” said Grace Lee, executive director of National Park Trust. “Our wish is for military families to actively experience parks and the rich stories of our country that they fight to preserve.”

Questions: Contact Samantha Jones, [email protected], 301-279-7275 x21



National Park Trust (NPT) is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. NPT is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of protecting national parks through land acquisition, and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by getting kids to parks. Since 1983, NPT has completed 70 land projects in 31 states, 1 US Territory, and Washington, DC. This school year, NPT will provide an estimated 25,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at

Blue Star Families builds communities that support military families by connecting research and data to programs and solutions, including career development tools, local community events for families, and caregiver support. Since its inception in 2009, Blue Star Families has engaged tens of thousands of volunteers and served more than 1.5 million military family members. With Blue Star Families, military families can find answers to their challenges anywhere they are. For more information, visit

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