• 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.


National Park Trust’s important partnership with The Trust for Public Land has resulted in the completion of national park preservation projects including the acquisition of 120 acres within Glacier National Park, 42 acres within Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park and a 30-acre parcel located within Zion National Park. The Tabernacle Dome parcel was acquired in fall 2012 thanks to a major donor, and conveyed to the National Park Service in December 2013.

This month, Marsha Runningen, legislative director of The Trust for Public Land recognized NPT by presenting a framed photograph of Tabernacle Dome in Zion to NPT’s board chair Bill Brownell (center) and land and park preservation committee chair, Jonathan Cohen.

Located on Kolob Terrace at the foot of Tabernacle Dome – a spectacular, steeply rounded peak rising to 6,430 feet from Cave Valley on the western side of the park, the area is popular for its hiking trails, camping and spectacular vistas.  Protection of this property expands public access and ensures that the views cherished by visitors will not be diminished by development. 

"The Trust for Public Land is grateful to National Park Trust for helping us to act quickly to save this land from development. The view of Tabernacle Dome from the Kolob Terrace Road will remain an inspiring sight to be enjoyed by visitors to Zion for generations to come", stated Marsha Runningen.