• Our mission is to preserve parks and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we launched in 2009 our Buddy Bison school program and in 2011 Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. Watch this video to learn more about our work and the impact of your support.

    Mapping our progress


  • 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.

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 First Solar 2013

28537496_MKmwFr-4Today AVSR1 hosted 70 5th grade students from the Del Sur School in Antelope Acres. The visit is part of our partnership with the National Park Trust. The students crammed into the conference room and we presented the construction video and the fantastic PowerPoint that Matt Law put together. We covered safety, what the panels were, how they were made, sources of energy and their advantages and disadvantages, greenhouse gases, conservation of energy and energy uses. They were given a variety of handouts, including a worksheet  they filled out during the PowerPoint presentation and a coloring page/word search.--thank you Ashley at CV for providing those! We also took solar powered robot animals (ya have to see them) and let them creep and crawl outside in the sun.

Thank you for Jordon and the EPC team for guiding the tour and Michelle Soley for arranging the site and security and thank you Eunice for being our photographer.

 What’s in that Scat?

Last week I roamed all the way to California, the Golden State to visit my 70 fifth-grade friends at Del Sur Elementary School. Together we traveled to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve where we explored this cool state park. Even though there weren’t a lot of poppies out due to the lack of rain this past winter, we still had a fabulous day learning in the Visitors Center and hiking with Ranger Jean where we learned about the native plants, the food chain and the unique Native American history of the park. We even played Project Wild games outside!

Here is what Jacob said when he discovered scat during the hike: 


“I found a hollow bird bone, but I think it’s a feather. I found it inside dried up coyote poop!”

WOW, that’s AWESOME! I am glad that he washed his hands before eating lunch!

All the Del Sur students ended the day by receiving their own Buddy Bison to take on future park trips AND by being sworn in as Junior Rangers. Thank you to Ranger Jean and the wonderful park volunteers!

And a huge Buddy Bison THANK YOU to First Solar for sponsoring such a memorable experience!