• 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.
Buddy in rare snow in Flower Mound Texas
Buddy builds a snowman in rare snow weather in Flower Mound, TX
Merry Christmas Buddy 12.09
Buddy Bison in Galveson TX
Buddy Bison at Saengerfest Park TX
Buddy outside remembering TX Hurricane IKE
Buddy remembers Hurricane IKE in TX
Buddy visits Galveston TX
Buddy visits the Sam Houston Monument in Huntsville TX
Buddy's on Sam Houstons big head in Huntsville TX
Buddy excited to go to DWA
Buddy hiding in the DWA rain forest
Buddy touring the aquarium with 2nd grade friends
buddy hiding in a bromeliad
buddy hanging on a vine
buddy smelling a bromeliad
Buddy visiting the Odyssey School in Denver
Ms. Miller and Buudy
Buddy looking at the mounatins in Breckinridge
Buddy @ Breckinridge, Co
FWZoo
FWZoo2
FWZoo3
FWZoo4
FWZoo5
FWZoo6
FWZoo7
Imaan&BB
Kareem Omran&BB
Kareem,Yasmeen, & BB
Sarah&BB
Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia
Tulsa, OK Jovairia
Tulsa,OK
Tulsa,OK 2
Cottonwood Creek Park
Buddy studying
Buddy with class
Buddy with student
Buddy with students
Buddy&Cat
Buddy&Snowman
Buddyand snowball
Buddyatpond
Buddyplayingguitar
Lake side, Cedar Hill State Park, TX
Lake side, Cedar Hill State Park,, TX
Bike Ride at Cedar Hill State Park, TX
Bike Ride at Cedar Hill State Park, TX
Cedar Hill State Park, Texas
Cedar Hill State Park TX
Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
Ft.Worth Stock Yards, TX
Ft.Worth Stock Yards,TX
Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
Step Pyramid of Saqqara Egypt
Sphinx Giza Cario Egypt
  • Buddy in rare snow in Flower Mound Texas
  • Buddy builds a snowman in rare snow weather in Flower Mound, TX
  • Merry Christmas Buddy 12.09
  • Buddy Bison in Galveson TX
  • Buddy Bison at Saengerfest Park TX
  • Buddy outside remembering TX Hurricane IKE
  • Buddy remembers Hurricane IKE in TX
  • Buddy visits Galveston TX
  • Buddy visits the Sam Houston Monument in Huntsville TX
  • Buddy's on Sam Houstons big head in Huntsville TX
  • Buddy excited to go to DWA
  • Buddy hiding in the DWA rain forest
  • Buddy touring the aquarium with 2nd grade friends
  • buddy hiding in a bromeliad
  • buddy hanging on a vine
  • buddy smelling a bromeliad
  • Buddy visiting the Odyssey School in Denver
  • Ms. Miller and Buudy
  • Buddy looking at the mounatins in Breckinridge
  • Buddy @ Breckinridge, Co
  • FWZoo
  • FWZoo2
  • FWZoo3
  • FWZoo4
  • FWZoo5
  • FWZoo6
  • FWZoo7
  • Imaan&BB
  • Kareem Omran&BB
  • Kareem,Yasmeen, & BB
  • Sarah&BB
  • Manassas National Battlefield Park in Virginia
  • Tulsa, OK Jovairia
  • Tulsa,OK
  • Tulsa,OK 2
  • Cottonwood Creek Park
  • Buddy studying
  • Buddy with class
  • Buddy with student
  • Buddy with students
  • Buddy&Cat
  • Buddy&Snowman
  • Buddyand snowball
  • Buddyatpond
  • Buddyplayingguitar
  • Lake side, Cedar Hill State Park, TX
  • Lake side, Cedar Hill State Park,, TX
  • Bike Ride at Cedar Hill State Park, TX
  • Bike Ride at Cedar Hill State Park, TX
  • Cedar Hill State Park, Texas
  • Cedar Hill State Park TX
  • Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
  • Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
  • Ft.Worth Stock Yards, TX
  • Ft.Worth Stock Yards,TX
  • Ft.Worth Stock Yards Stables,TX
  • Step Pyramid of Saqqara Egypt
  • Sphinx Giza Cario Egypt