• 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.




100 third-grade students to take learning outdoors at Sweetwater Creek State Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Atlanta– April 29, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), in partnership with the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, is pleased to announce that M. Agnes Jones Elementary is the newest addition to NPT's nationally recognized Buddy Bison School Program. The program uniquely integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation.

Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program is in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water. Sixty schools across the country have joined the program which focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts in predominantly under-served communities. M. Agnes Jones Elementary is the first school in Atlanta to be welcomed into the program.

"We look forward to our new partnership with the Georgia-Pacific Foundation," stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. "Parks are wonderful outdoor classrooms. As our newest Buddy Bison school, the third-grade students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary will learn not only about the fascinating science and history that exists right in their backyard, but they will also experience the health and wellness benefits of playing outdoors in parks."

Georgia-Pacific's Director of Community Affairs JaKathryn Ross said, "As long-time supporters of education, we know that hands-on learning experiences are the key to making concepts come to life for students. We're excited to support NPT and give students from M. Agnes Jones, our partner school, a wonderful and fun learning opportunity through the Buddy Bison program."

The 3rd-grade students at M. Agnes Jones Elementary will kick off their program at Sweetwater Creek State Park on April 29 and 30th. During this two-day period, 100 students and their teachers will hike through the park learning about geology as they observe faulted and folded rock created by plate tectonic events. They also will learn about adaptions of animals and how they interact with the environment. Students will continue to explore parks throughout the 2015 – 2016 school year.

About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. Through the Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day, a national grassroots movement celebrated annually in May, NPT is building a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our nation's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow (www.parktrust.org and kidstoparks.org).

About Georgia-Pacific
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 130,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.

Media Contacts:
National Park Trust
Grace Lee
Executive Director
Office: 301-279-7275 x14
Email: grace@parktrust.org

Georgia-Pacific
Karen Cole
404-652-4747
Karen.Cole@gapac.com