• 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 work and celebrates the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award recipient, Senator Rob Portman (OH).

    Mapping our progress

    2014 ANNUAL REPORT


  • 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 Education Director.
National Park Trust Awards Congressman George Miller Highest Honor

"It is a tremendous honor to receive an award named for my dear friend Bruce Vento. Bruce's tireless work in Congress helped Americans to protect hundreds of thousands of acres of our public lands for future generations. Thank you for this great honor, and thank you to the National Park Trust for all that you do to preserve, protect, and enhance our public lands and national parks." - Congressman George Miller (6/6/07)

(Photos by Daniel Grogan Photography)

GMillerVento3Washington, D.C. (June 6, 2007) - National Park Trust, America's only land conservancy dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife and historic monuments, awarded U.S. Congressman George Miller with 2007 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award today.

milleraward01Congressman George Miller has served on the House Resources Committee since first coming to Congress and continues to serve on the committee today. He was chairman of the committee from 1991 to 1994 when it was known as the Natural Resources Committee, and served as the committee's senior Democrat from 1995 to 2000. Miller uses this post to fight for the protection of California's fresh water resources and responsible stewardship of the nation's parks, forests and other public lands.

ventophoto1National Park Trust established the Bruce F. Vento Award to honor those in public service who have demonstrated a lifetime of distinguished skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America. During his twelve terms in the House of Representatives from the 4th District of Minnesota, Bruce Vento was a champion of the conservation movement. His humility was counterbalanced by the strength of his commitment to our parks. As a Member of Congress, he guided over 300 bills into law to help protect our natural resources. Congressman Vento passed more park and environmental legislation than any other committee chair.