• 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.

National Park Trust is pleased to announce the election of Charles Pardoe, Christopher Graham and Ann Gualtieri to its Board of Trustees.

"We are delighted to welcome Chris, Ann, and Charles to our Board. They are passionate about NPT's mission of protecting our parks and engaging our young people with the outdoors. Their diverse professional and personal backgrounds are wonderful assets to our board and staff as we all work together to ensure that everyone will have American park experiences – experiences that will be treasured forever," said Bill Brownell, NPT Board Chair.

Charles Pardoe is a managing director with Prudential Real Estate Investors and a director of Mubadala Pramerica Real Estate Investors, a joint venture between Prudential and Abu Dhabi’s Mubadala Development Corporation. He is responsible for managing Prudential’s corporate relationships with the large Sovereign Wealth Funds in the Middle East. He is a director of the Prescott Farm Environmental Educational Center in Laconia, New Hampshire and also president of the Samuel P. Pardoe Foundation, a family foundation that helps to support Prescott Farm and their mission. “We are incredibly fortunate to have such a bounty of magnificent outdoor places to call our own, from Central Park in Manhattan to the White Mountains in New Hampshire to the National Parks all over America. I really believe in National Park Trust's mission to protect and preserve parks today and to grow park stewards for tomorrow."

Chris Graham currently serves as the head of the Compliance, Investigation and Security group in the Georgia-Pacific (GP) law department. Georgia-Pacific is one of the world's leading international manufacturers of tissue, pulp, paper, packaging, and building products with more than 300 manufacturing facilities worldwide. Prior to starting with GP in April 2010, Chris was the General Counsel for INVISTA a privately held company with a portfolio of internationally recognized brands and trademarks, including LYCRA®, STAINMASTER®, and COOLMAX®. Before joining the Koch Industries family of companies in 2004, Chris was a partner with Hunton & Williams. Chris came to Hunton & Williams after serving as a Captain in the United States Army for four years as a Judge Advocate. “Growing up I spent lots of time in our nation’s parks and it’s important to me that today’s youth – including my daughters – develop an appreciation for the beauty our nation has to offer.”

Ann Gualtieri has 22 years of management experience with multinational corporations. Ann's diverse career includes executive positions at E.I. DuPont de Nemours & Co., G.D. Searle & Co. (Monsanto), and Abbott Laboratories. She has held global leadership positions in: Corporate Strategy, Investor Relations, Human Resources, Business Development, and Product Development. Currently, she consults in the areas of strategy, investor relations, and organizational development. "I learned to love the out-of-doors as a child – hiking in the woods near our home and exploring the national parks on family vacations – and that connection with nature remains an important part of my life. I look forward to working on the National Park Trust board to help preserve our nation's parks and introduce more children to the joy of experiencing the natural world.