• 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


  • 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.

MARCH 2011

Sierra House on a Winter Trek    

Students in the 5th grade from Sierra House Elementary School in South Lake Tahoe, CA went on a "Winter Trek" last month to Heavenly Mountain on the border of Nevada and California. On the field trip, the students were taught about torpor, hibernation, adaptation, and migration – important parts of the life of animals like me. Afterwards, the students wrote me letters about all the interesting things they learned during the trip. You can read their letters by clicking here.

Here are a few of my favorite quotes from these letters:

"Our field trip was fun. We learned about torpor, migration, adaptation, and hibernation." - Casey

"What I learned on Winter Trek was that bears do not hibernate, they go into torpor. In adaptation the animal's fur grows longer and their fur might change color." - Zachary

"My favorite part was going on the gondola. It was very fun because it was my first time ever. I think this is the best field trip so far!" - Claudia

MARCH 2011 

Sierra House Visits Golden Gate National Park

Sierra House Elementary Students (CA) recently spent 3 days at Marin Headlands, part of beautiful Golden Gate National Park. Here they are with Buddy Bison.


Buddy Bison Explores South Lake Tahoe, Makes New Friends

SierraHouse Elementary School (South Lake Tahoe, CA) recently joined the Where’s Buddy Bison Been? movement. At an outdoor adventure at Tahoe Paradise Park Friday, October 15, fifth grade students planted willows, studied native birds, tested water quality and identified macroinvertebrates as part of Tahoe Resource Conservation District’s Wonders of Water program.

Buddy Bison’s first venture to Lake Tahoe was front-page news in the Tahoe Daily Tribune, which showed pictures of fifth-graders David and Theresa trying their hands at environmental restoration and conservation observation. National Park Trust’s friends from Harrah’s Entertainment funded the entire experience (including teacher toolkits), and some of Harrah’s volunteers even helped to make the day more special. Buddy Bison would also like to thank the Tahoe Resource Conservation District for all of their work creating environmental activities for the students.

Welcome Sierra House! Buddy Bison looks forward to exploring South Lake Tahoe with you.