• 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 Director of Youth Programs.

The outline below will help you plan your field trip.


  • This is a great time to involve the students in the process
  • They can research parks, topics and outdoor programs close to the school.
  • Search for local (city, county), state, or national parks, wildlife refuges or nature centers.
  • Please consider the time of year, number of students and age level when deciding which park to visit.
  • Please call Billy Schrack 301-279-7275 ex.17 or email William@parktrust.org if you need help.


  • The outdoor location should be able to set up a program for your group.
  • Some programs can cost money, please factor this into your budget.
  • National parks and wildlife refuges are normally free for school groups.
  • State parks may have an entrance fee that can be waived.


  • Make sure buses are available to accommodate your group and your school schedule.


  • Complete any pre-assignments or research for the trip
  • Submit any paper work to administration
  • Book the bus(es)


  • Send at least 10 digital photos to William@parktrust.org
  • Photos may be used on website or in educational materials for NPT, Caesars or Terrapass. If a separate photo release is necessary we can provide one for your students.
  • Compile testimonials, student writing, or teacher reactions to the trip and/or carbon contest