• Our mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we created our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. This video summarizes our work and celebrates the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award recipient, Senator Rob Portman (OH).

    Mapping our progress

    2014 ANNUAL REPORT


  • Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.

  • Buddy Bison School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids

    The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).

    This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director.

This year's Kids to Parks Day was a tremendous success!  We had hundreds of cities and towns and 28 Governors issue proclamations or letters of support for the day! Is your city or town on board? If not, send the proclamation to your local officials and encourage them to join us next year for Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 21, 2016! 

State

Governor

Arizona Doug Ducey
Arkansas Asa Hutchinson 
Delaware Jack Markell
Florida Rick Scott
Hawaii David Ige 
Illinois Bruce Rauner 
Indiana Mike Pence
Kentucky Steve Beshear 
Maine Paul LePage 
Maryland Larry Hogan 
Minnesota Mark Dayton 
Mississippi Phil Bryant 
Missouri Jay Nixon 
Montana Steve Bullock 
Nevada Brian Sandoval 
New Hampshire Maggie Hassan
New Mexico Susana Martinez 
North Carolina Pat McCrory 
Ohio John Kasich 
Oregon Kate Brown 
South Carolina Nikki Haley 
Tennessee Bill Haslam 
Utah Gary Herbert 
Vermont Peter Shumlin 
Virginia Terry McAuliffe 
West Virginia Earl Ray Tomblin 
Wisconsin Scott Walker 

 

State

City or Town

Alabama

Fairlfield
Montgomery
Prattville
Tuscaloosa
Alaska  Anchorage
Sitka
Arizona
Casa Grande
Scottsdale
Arkansas  El Dorado
Fort Smith
Lake Village
Rodgers
California
Chula Vista
Fairfax
Fremont
Irvine
Long Beach
Rialto
Riverside
Santa Cruz
Colorado           Aurora
Centennial
Colorado Springs
Commerce City
Denver
Glendale
Grand Junction
Lakewood
Longmont
Loveland
Northglenn
Sheridan
Thornton
Connecticut     Bridgeport
Enfield
Hamden
Stamford
West Haven
Delaware Seaford 
District of Columbia Washington DC 
Florida                  Aventura 
Cape Canaveral
Clearwater
Fort Myers
Fort Lauderdale
Gainesville
Greenacres
Hastings
Indian Harbour Beach
Lakeland
Lauderhill
Midway
Oak Hill
Oldsmar
Orlando
Palm Bay
Pembroke Pines
Safety Harbor
Sarasota
Sunrise
West Park
Georgia        Athens
Augusta
College Park
Kennesaw
Lawrenceville
Lovejoy
Savannah
Sandy Springs
Warner Robbins
Hawaii Honolulu 
Idaho Shelley
Illinois
Chicago
East Alton
Elgin
Island Lake
Saint Elmo
Westhchester
Iowa    Ankeny
Cedar Rapids 
Linn County
Marion
Sioux City
Indiana   Bluffton 
Fort Wayne
Gary
Richmond
Terra Haute
Kansas Wellington
Kentucky La Grange
Louisiana

Alexandria
Bossier City
Houma
Lafayette
Lake Charles
Natchitoches
Shreveport
Ruston
Maryland      Bowie 
Cecilton
Centreville
Charlestown
Gaithersburg
Laurel
Mount Rainier
Rockville
Massachusetts    Agawam
Lowell
Revere
Waltham
Michigan  Dearborn 
Warren
Minnesota 


Duluth
Minneapolis
Moorhead
Rochester
St. Cloud
  



Mississippi 




Biloxi
Fayette
Greenwood
Laurel
Natchez
Ridgeline
Pascagoula
Pass Christian
Southaven
Starkville
Vicksburg
Missouri
O'Fallon
Joplin
St. Louis
St. Peters
Waynesville
Nebraska

North Platte
York
Nevada
Boulder City
Fallon
Sparks
New Hampshire  Londonderry
Nashua



New Jersey



Elizabeth
Irvington
Jersey City
Newark
Paterson
Pine Beach
Spotswood
New Mexico Rio Rancho
New York   Cortland
Schenectady
White Plains
North Carolina
Asheville
Jacksonville
Matthews
Winston-Salem
North Dakota  Bismarck
Fargo
Manden
West Fargo
    




Ohio





Canton 
Cleveland
Columbus
Delaware
Granville
Johnstown
Kettering
Parma
Piqua
Trotwood
Vandalia
Zanesville
Oklahoma
Lawton
Midwest City
Pryor Creek
Oregon Portland
  

Pennsylvania 


Allentown 
Columbia
Easton
Lebanon
Meadville
Scranton
State College
Rhode Island
Coventry
Cumberland
South Carolina         Bluffton
Camden
Charleston
Lexington
Greenville
Lexington
Mount Pleasant
North Charleston
Spartanburg
Summerville
South Dakota
Aberdeen
Watertown 
Tennessee  Chattanooga
Franklin
Knox County
Texas  Arlington
Austin
Burleson
Galveston
Kennedale
Los Fresnos
San Antonio
Texarkana
Utah  Murray
Salt Lake City
West Jordan
Virginia 
Alexandria
Bowling Green
Hampton
Newport News
Norfolk
Petersburg
Portsmouth
Richmond
Roanoke
Salem
Shenendoah
Washington
Airway Heights
Bellevue
Bremerton
Kenmore
Shoreline
Stanwood
Tacoma
West Virginia
Charels Town
Clendenin
Dunbar
Wisconsin
Appleton
Green Bay
La Crosse
Milwaukee
Waukesha
West Allis
Wisconsin Rapids
Wyoming
Casper
Cheyenne