• 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.




Ready to refuel during your outdoor adventure? Snacks are essential to keep kids happy on the trail. They are also a great excuse to slow down, have a little break, and really take in your surroundings. Here’s a look at Buddy Bison’s Top 10 outdoor snack ideas.
  1. Apples and bananas. They’re portable, delicious and come in their own natural packaging. 
  2. Granola bar. It’s one of the most popular snack-on-the-go options, and it’s not hard to see why. It’s delicious, easy to pack, and gives you a burst of energy. 
  3. Dried fruit. Most grocery stores have an aisle for dried fruit. Check out the dried cherries, apples and even mangos. You might discover something new you really love. 
  4. Applesauce. This might seem like a challenge, but it’s not. Pick up some of those squeezy applesauces available on the canned fruit aisle of your grocery store. You just unscrew the lid an squeeze. Talk about convenience. 
  5. Cereal or granola. This proves that you don’t have to buy special or fancy snacks. Just pour some of your favorite cereal or granola in a baggie and munch on it when you get hungry. 
  6. Fresh veggies. You might need to do a little bit of prep ahead of time. But sliced carrots, celery, cucumbers and peppers really hit the spot when you have the munchies on the trail. 
  7. Beef jerky. A few pieces of beef jerky can really give you the protein boost you need. 
  8. Hummus. You’re thinking this might be a little messy, right? Well there are hummus to-go packs that are perfect for the trail. Otherwise, pack a big package along with a bag of carrots to feed a larger group. 
  9. Nutella To-Go. We had to include something sweet on the list! Pick up a nutella to-go pack in the peanut butter aisle. Actually, pick up three or four. This one is going to be a popular snack. 
  10. Trail mix. It’s even more fun if you make your own. Use the recipe here or just make up your own. 

All-American Park Trail Mix
1/4 Cup California toasted Walnuts 
1/4 Cup Georgia toasted Pecans 
1/2 Cup Texas Salted Peanuts 
1/4 Cup Michigan Dried Cherries 
1/4 Cup Dried New Jersey Blueberries 
1/2 Cup Dakota Plains Sunflower seeds 
1/4 Cup Dried Wisconsin Cranberries 
1/4 Cup Dried and diced New York Apples
For a sweet kick add 1/2 cup of your favorite chocolate covered raisin or candy! Mix all in a bowl and toss to combine; store in an airtight container.

Blog post provided by National Park Trust staff and Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, creators of DestinationNature.net. The recipe was provided by Ohio chef, Katie Greenslade Merrill.