• Our mission is to preserve parks and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we launched in 2009 our Buddy Bison school program and in 2011 Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. Watch this video to learn more about our work and the impact of your support.

    Mapping our progress

    2013 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.




National Kids to Parks Day is fast approaching! In addition to joining thousands of others around the country on May 17th for a day of outdoor fun, students can win a park scholarship for their school trip. The Kids to Parks Day National School contest was created to engage students with their local parks and is open to all schools across the country (grades Pre-K through 12). NPT will award scholarships up to $1,000 to winning entries to be used for their KTP park event during the month of May.

In order to participate in the contest, students must select and research a park near their school and complete and submit the two-page entry form. Only one entry form per class; more than one entry form can be submitted per school.

Students should submit their proposal in their own words. Teachers are encouraged to help them develop their ideas. Cover letters from teachers are encouraged. Accompanying artwork or videos are welcome.

Contest winners will receive funding for one park experience including school bus transportation, park related fees, and other supplies. Last year 42 scholarships were awarded.

Entries must be emailed or postmarked by February 28, 2014. Winners will be announced by March 17. 

Contact Billy Schrack (William@parktrust.org: 301-279-7279 ext:17) for more information or visit kidstoparks.org