• 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

    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 Director of Youth Programs.

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California
Hawaii
Oregon
Washington

 

Alaska

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National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
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National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • in alaska (1)
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • Beth, Eric, & Buddy
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
  • National Kids to Parks Day, mud games at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska
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    California

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    Cabrillo National Monument
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    Nature hike May 19
    Nature hike May 19 (2)
    KTP-COLLAGE
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    Buddy Bison on the Hot Rock - Lost Creek (Lassen NP)
    Buddy Bison & Christian on the Hot Rock - Lost Creek (Lassen NP)
    Anne & Buddy Bison at Inyo National Forest with the Minaret Mountains in the background.
    Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
    Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
    Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
    Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
    Buddy bison & Baby Sophia
    Buddy and Friends at California's Asilomar State Park
    Buddy and Friends reach the peak at Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Buddy and friends in Sequoia National Park
    Buddy and camper friends at Lassen Volcanic National Park
    Buddy Bison at Lassen Volcanic National Park Enjoying View
    Buddy Bison at Joshua Tree NP
    Channel Islands National Park, CA
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  • Cabrillo National Monument
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  • DelSur-4826
  • DelSur-4810
  • DelSur-4785
  • DelSur-4728
  • DelSur-1369
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  • Nature hike May 19
  • Nature hike May 19 (2)
  • KTP-COLLAGE
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  • brokeoff mountain
  • Buddy Bison on the Hot Rock - Lost Creek (Lassen NP)
  • Buddy Bison & Christian on the Hot Rock - Lost Creek (Lassen NP)
  • Anne & Buddy Bison at Inyo National Forest with the Minaret Mountains in the background.
  • Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman  at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
  • Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman  at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
  • Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman  at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
  • Buddy Bison and 1 year old Grandson of NPT Board Member, Rick Lehman  at Pleasant Hill, California in the Bay area.
  • Buddy bison & Baby Sophia
  • Buddy and Friends at California's Asilomar State Park
  • Buddy and Friends reach the peak at Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Buddy and friends in Sequoia National Park
  • Buddy and camper friends at Lassen Volcanic National Park
  • Buddy Bison at Lassen Volcanic National Park Enjoying View
  • Buddy Bison at Joshua Tree NP
  • Channel Islands National Park, CA
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    Hawaii

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    Buddy and Hannah Hawaiian Adventures
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  • Buddy and Hannah Hawaiian Adventures
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    Oregon

    Buddy at Crater Lake NP
    Buddy at Crater Lake
    Buddy at Crater Lake
    Buddy at Crater Lake
    Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
    Marshall Park, Portland, OR
    Marshall Park, Portland, OR
    Oregon Caves NM/P
    Oregon Caves NM/P
  • Buddy at Crater Lake NP
  • Buddy at Crater Lake
  • Buddy at Crater Lake
  • Buddy at Crater Lake
  • Oregon Caves National Monument and Preserve
  • Marshall Park, Portland, OR
  • Marshall Park, Portland, OR
  • Oregon Caves NM/P
  • Oregon Caves NM/P
  • Washington

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    Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
    Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
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    Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
    Olympic National Park, WA
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  • Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
  • Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
  • Bremerton, WA Kids to Parks Day 2012
  • Olympic National Park, WA
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