• 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.


For 31 years, the National Park Trust (NPT), a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, has been working with the National Park Service (NPS) and other agencies to address needs related to maintaining the integrity of our nation’s parks. This work has included over 100 land acquisition and park preservation projects in national parks and other public lands. In addition, to address the growing disconnect between children and the outdoors, in 2009 NPT launched a nationally recognized youth program to engage children with their local national parks and public lands. NPT’s mission “Preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow” is based on the vision that everyone should have the opportunity to have an American park experience.

The Chief Development Officer (CDO) will direct and manage all aspects of NPT’s fundraising programs, which include:

  • Sustained Growth of the Annual Fund.
  • Special fundraising initiatives including a multi-year $10 to 15 million capital campaign.
  • Expanding the fundraising potential of NPT’s annual award event.
  • Developing a significantly expanded individual major donor pool.
  • Establishing a deferred planned giving program.
  • Cultivating corporate and foundation sponsors for core mission of NPT as well as for specific land and youth education projects.
  • Supporting the board’s and executive director’s outreach to prospects by providing research, drafting emails, providing supporting documents.
  • Taking a lead role in scheduling and coordinating board development committee meetings.
  • Overseeing or supervising any and all fundraising events, including printed materials, press releases, venue logistics and volunteers.
  • Initiating and creating content for 4 in-house direct mail fundraisers.
  • Maintaining the fundraising/constituent database.
  • Designing accurate and useful reporting methods to track fundraising progress.
  • Drafting all thank you notes and acknowledgments for donors.
  • Developing and overseeing all communications/marketing/PR/social media to produce effective and up-to-date NPT print and web site materials.
  • Drafting content for NPT’s electronic newsletter and Annual Report.
  • Coordinating the assembly of all materials for board meetings and board committee meetings.
  • Supporting implementation of programs working with Education Director and Park Projects Director.
  • Particular emphasis will be placed on continued expansion of the Annual Fund, the development of a major gifts program and the launch of a capital campaign. Primary responsibilities will include prospect research, cultivation, stewardship, management, record keeping, and overall development of the programs.

    The CDO will work collaboratively with the Executive Director and Board, and also will collaborate with external park, conservation, and education constituencies. The CDO reports to NPT’s Executive Director.

    A passion for the parks and preservation, familiarity with Annual Fund and capital campaign management in nonprofit organizations, volunteer management is essential. Strong writing and oral communication skills, power point presentation ability, and excel knowledge is essential. Experience with HTML and Adobe Creative Suite is preferable.

    A strong commitment to advancing NPT is essential often requiring evening and weekend meetings with board members and donors as well as travel. This position requires a creative candidate with strong organizational skills as well as an eagerness and ability to interact with corporate sponsors and major donors. The CDO must be a strategic thinker but also detail-oriented, a self-starter that can multi-task, work independently and adhere to deadlines.

    All interested candidates should submit a cover letter, writing sample and resume to Grace Lee, National Park Trust at grace@parktrust.org.