• 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.

Park Direction discussed with Conservation Leaders

"For this special Veterans Day weekend, Interior Secretary Gale Norton and I want to invite you to the National Parks. As part of our welcome, we have waived entrance fees to all National Parks that charge them. We hope you enjoy and find inspiration in these uniquely American places." - Fran Mainella, NPS Director

November 7, 2001

mainella5Washington D.C. - Fran Mainella, Director of the National Park Service, announced that the all National Parks will be waiving entrance fees, November 10th –12th, was endorsed by the only charity that owns a national park unit, the National Park Trust.

Mainella's speech was made at a luncheon sponsored by the Natural Resource Council of America (NRCA) in the National Press Club Building on Wednesday, November 7.

Paul Pritchard, President of NPT said, "This Veteran's Day weekend will be a special time for Americans to reflect upon what makes us great, our history, our conservation programs, our leadership. National Parks are not only open spaces but inner spaces for our souls. I would encourage every American to take this weekend as an opportunity to visit our parks and renew our spirits. Mainella understands the deepest value of our parks when she spoke of them as a source of national unity, hope and healing."

Mainella spoke of her philosophies and beliefs in her new role as Director of the National Park Service. "Partnership, education, science and safety" are at the top of the list, she said. We are all now coming to realize that we can't accomplish the mission of preserving, enhancing, and educating Americans about our national system of parks alone. We must come together as a community to realize this goal.

The National Park Trust is the private land conservancy that partners with the National Park Service to provide the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve in Kansas. The national park unit was established in 1996 and is owned by the NPT. "We are proud of this partnership with the NPS and believe it is a model of one way to protect areas of national significance."


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Robin E. Pritchard
Public Affairs

Founded in 1983, National Park Trust is the only land conservancy dedicated to preserving our national system of parks, wildlife and historic monuments.