• 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.




Celebrating 30 Years of Accomplishments

Olympic National Park

Lake Quinault, Olympic National Park

Over the past 30 years, National Park Trust has undertaken and accomplished many projects to preserve parks. Here is an early example. 

In 1990, National Park Trust negotiated to acquire two separate properties on the shore of Lake Quinault in Washington State’s Olympic National Park. The properties, 3.17 and 3.05 acres respectively, helped preserve an undeveloped scenic forest buffer around a private cove and point on the lake and along the North Shore Road of Lake Quinault. The properties included a vigorous stand of young growth Douglas-fir and hemlock as well as old growth forest of cedar and spruce, prime habitat for the endangered spotted owl.

NPT acquired the properties with funds provided through a grant from the Hewlett Foundation and from the Trust’s Land Acquisition Revolving Fund. 

1990 happens to be the year that NPT was spun out of NPCA as an independent non-profit with its own Board of Trustees. John Rollins, one of those founding board members, remembers well NPT’s board meeting that year in Olympic—the Trust’s first board meeting ever held in a park. “Olympic is one of my favorite parks and we all stayed at the rustic Lake Quinault Lodge. Our visit to the inholding we had purchased for NPS was exhilarating not only because of the majesty of the forest but also because we were saving the habitat of the most publicized endangered species of the time, the spotted owl.” Rollins is the only founding board member still serving as a trustee.