• 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.




We all know what an amazing resource your local park can be. Now we challenge you to go explore even further by doing one of these day trips. Or if you really like a challenge, do all five of them over the next few months!

 TRIP 1: GO CAMPING
Many people think of going to fancy campgrounds for a camping experience, but have you looked at the camping options at your local park, too? Some people call this car camping because you don’t go far from your car to have a camping experience, and it’s perfect for kids and families. So start your packing list—flashlight, S’mores supplies, sleeping bags—let the camping planning begin! 
 TRIP 2: GO CANOEING 
Canoeing or kayaking—you take your pick! Don’t worry, you don’t have to go out and spend hundreds of dollars on your own equipment. Check out your local park and explore rental options in your area. Chances are, they’ll even supply you with life jackets. Now remember that canoeing and kayaking can be a little frustrating at first for people who aren’t used to doing it. Don’t give up, though. If you give this one a little time, it’ll definitely pay off.
 TRIP 3: GO BIKING 
If you have your own bikes, go ahead and load them up. If you don’t, start researching to find a good bike rental place in your area. A lot of times, bike rental shops will pop up in the summer, making it the perfect family activity to do in an afternoon. This is another thing where it pays to do your research first. Find a bike trail that is fun, yet not too challenging if you have smaller ones. 
 TRIP 4: GO FISHING
First off, you’ll want to check out the fishing guidelines in your area and/or state. Then, do a little research to figure out where are good fishing spots in your area. Many places will have free fishing days or events, especially in spring and summer. So be sure to check your local park schedule for those. And don’t forget to pack a lunch—you could make a whole day out of it! 
 TRIP 5: GO HIKING 
The best part of a hiking trip is the planning. Pick out a park that everyone wants to go to, and then map our your adventure a little at a time. You’ll want the trip to be a little challenging, and a lot of fun

Guys, the point is GET OUT AND GO!

Blog post provided by National Park Trust staff and Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, creators of DestinationNature.net.