• 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 Director of Youth Programs.

NPT Selected for National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project

Great news! NPT​​'s​ youth education programs were recently selected as a National Park Service (NPS) Centennial Challenge Project. 

For every dollar that we raise up to $450,000 NPS will make a 1 to 1 match. The total of $900,000 will be specifically designated for the expansion of our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest. ​Your donation TODAY will help provide bus transportation, classroom resources, and outdoor recreation for more than 15,000 under-served pre-K through 8th graders in Title I schools to connect them with our parks during the NPS Centennial celebration and the year of President Obama's Every Kid in a Park initiative.

We take learning outdoors to our nation's parks - excellent for teaching STEM, history, geography, language arts, outdoor recreation, and many other subjects. NPT gives children rare park experiences and cultivates the next generation of park stewards. 

​Together, we can reach our goal. Please click on Buddy Bison below and join our herd of supporters. Just $10 provides bus transportation for one at-risk youth. A gift of $5 becomes $10 with the NPS Centennial match!

Thank you!
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