• 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.

Anyone with a passion for nature and exploring the outdoors! If you are under the age of 18, permission is necessary from your parent or guardian. You must a U.S. resident to enter. No purchase is necessary.

1) Weekly Prizes will be given away on our Facebook Page

2) Complete the Pledge Form to enter the GRAND PRIZE

  • Have your parent or guardian read these official rules
  • Make sure your submission was received by checking for a confirmation email from National Park Trust.
  • When you take the pledge for Kids to Parks Day, you are automatically entered into our GRAND prize drawing. One contest entry per email address.
  • However, for our weekly Facebook contests, you can enter each week!
  • Sorry! Family members of NPT staff, and board members are not eligible to win the GRAND prize or FB prizes

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  • Autographed 2014 NFL Players Association Rookie Premiere Helmet
  • Autographed jersey from Richard Sherman, cornerback for the Super Bowl Champion Seattle Seahawks
  • Black Diamond Hiking poles
  • Books from the National Geographic Kids Series
  • Books from the “Adventures with the Parkers “ series and exclusive Falcon Books/Kids to Parks Day “Kids Outdoor Adventure” e-book
  • Hydration pack from CamelBak
  • The North Face backpack
  • Bonavita kettle with a variety of coffee samples along with a Chemex coffee maker provided by Commonwealth Joe
  • And a snuggly Buddy Bison and Buddy Bison T-shirt to take on all of your park adventures!

One Facebook winner will be selected each week during the 5 weeks leading up to Kids to Parks Day. Winners will be selected on Fridays. Entries after 1 PM (EST ) on Friday will be considered for the following week's contest.

The GRAND prize will be awarded to one lucky winner on Monday, May 19 2014!

• Every week, Facebook winners will be selected at random.
• One winner selected for each weekly contest and one prize granted. The prize cannot be exchanged for cash.
• National Park Trust reserves the right to substitute prize sponsor and/or a prize of any value in the event the offered prize is unavailable.
• Weekly winners are eligible for the GRAND prize if they pledge at kidstoparks.org..
• Winners will be announced on Facebook and contacted via the email provided to National Park Trust
• Facebook prizes will be sent directly to the winner in approximately two weeks; the GRAND prize will be mailed between May 20th and June 15th. Items in the GRAND prize will be shipped from each provider of the prizes directly to the winner.

DISCLAIMER: I and/or my ward RELEASE National Park Trust., from any and all liability arising from negligence or contract; and I WILL INDEMNIFY AND HOLD HARMLESS National Park Trust, from any and all costs, claims, and liability based upon negligence or contract, directly or indirectly, from my use of the Facebook prize or GRAND prize awarded to me, including legal costs and expenses, and for the costs of any medical or other expenses incurred for my benefit.

Send your questions to npt@parktrust.org