• 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 accomplishments thanks to your generous 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.

Join the conversation: @natparktrust #kidstoparks

Washington, D.C., May 13, 2015 – The U.S Senate today passed a resolution recognizing National Park Trust's 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. Children, families and schools in communities across America have registered to celebrate their local, state and national parks and public land at thousands of park evens. National Park Trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of outdoor play.

"The Senate's designation of National Kids to Parks Day highlights the importance of the connection with the outdoors by encouraging kids to get outside at an early age," said Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The Senate Resolution supporting Kids to Parks Day, was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Barbara Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mike Lee, R-Utah.

NPT launched this grass roots movement five years ago to encourage families to discover and celebrate our country's parks and public lands and water and recently launched kidstoparks.org - events are listed by state and city, and the website features helpful downloadable tips and activity guides to help children, families and teachers plan park adventures.

We hope families across America will use Kids to Parks Day as a great reason to celebrate our National Parks and connect with favorite local and state parks and public lands," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. "This year's Kids to Parks Day takes on special significance as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its milestone Centennial celebration in 2016 and recently launched its Find Your Park campaign.

Families can pledge to participate at kidstoparks.org. When they visit a park on May 16th, kids and parents are encouraged to tweet #kidstoparks or send in photos to buddy@buddybison.org. Pictures will be posted and shared online.

National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day is in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative. For a full list of national collaborators and sponsors see kidstoparks.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST: (parktrust.org; kidstoparks.org).

Media Contact: Olwen Pongrace, 202.253.3190, olwen@parktrust.org