• 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

    2013 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.




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Adventures

MARCH 2013

Jamestown Adventure!

Jamestown-4393Seventy fifth-grade students from Lynbrook Elementary (VA) traveled back in time to visit the first English colony in the United States. Founded in 1607, the Jamestown Settlement and Yorktown bring history alive!

The students experienced how original settlers lived by hiking colonial trails, skinning and tanning furs, and learning how to be a sailor. With the smell of gun powder in the air and blacksmiths hammering iron rods, I sometimes forgot what year it was!

Dina a fourth-grader described her visit: “Buddy Bison went to Jamestown and he went into a ship. He saw the James River. When we were outside Buddy Bison was cold. He went inside a Yehakin. We saw deer skin, a turtle shell, and a wolf skin. He did not enjoy the snow and smoke. Buddy Bison saw squash and green beans. He had the best time ever at Jamestown!

The teachers and students did an amazing job raising resources to fund their trip by hosting bake sales and other events. And NPT’s Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund matched their funds to make this trip a reality. Great job Lynbrook students and teachers!

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