• 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.

National Park Trust's Buddy Bison says, "Ready, Set, Play...May 18 is National Kids to Parks Day"

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Get outside and play! Visit www.kidstoparks.org and join families across the country that will participate in National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. For the third consecutive year, the National Park Trust and organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children & Nature Network, the NFL Players Association, America's State Parks, the National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Department of the Interior are coming together to celebrate the great outdoors and support the First Lady's Let's Move Outside! initiative (see complete of list of all 18 national partners: www.kidstoparks.org).

Join in the fun as over 300 cities, towns and parks host free, outdoor events for kids and families. This year, six governors (from Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas and Vermont) have issued state proclamations to commemorate National Kids to Parks Day. More than 108,000 people participated in local events in 2012, and nearly 95,000 have already registered for 2013. For a full list of events go to www.kidstoparks.org

Thanks to the generous support of Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Caesars Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cigna Foundation, The North Face and CamelBak, National Park Trust has been able to connect kids to parks this spring through its Buddy Bison education initiative and National Kids to Parks Day School Contest that awarded 42 classroom scholarships.

"We want to inspire children to love the outdoors, to choose an active lifestyle, and to be future park stewards," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. "We hope parents will take this opportunity to have some fun and enjoy one of our many amazing parks around the country."


SOURCE National Park Trust