• 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.

Buddy Bison's Photography Corner Decemeber 2014

One of the best ways to remember the fun times we have while exploring America's National Parks is with photographs. By taking snapshots of your adventures, you can share the experience with your friends and family after you return back home. There are so many neat things to see, and it's really fun to take pictures of your friends and families while they are enjoying the parks. You may have noticed however, that sometimes the photographs don't seem to look so great because the person in the photo is nothing but a black shadow. (See Figure A below.)

The easiest and fastest way to fix your "Shadowy Person" is to simply turn on the flash in your camera. Normally, one wouldn't think you use a flash in bright light, but it can really do the trick! As long as you aren't too far away, (less than 10 feet) your flash will light up the shady side of your person but won't affect the rest of the scene. (See Figure B below.

You can turn yourself and your "Shadowy Person" so that the sun isn't directly behind them, and far enough that you cannot see the sun in your viewfinder when you frame the shot. Sometimes it only takes a few degrees of change to get your subject out of the shadow area. (See Figure C below.