• Our mission is to preserve parks and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we launched in 2009 our Buddy Bison school program and in 2011 Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. Watch this video to learn more about our work and the impact of your 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 Education Director.





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2015
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Washington, D.C., May 13, 2015 – The U.S Senate today passed a resolution recognizing National Park Trust's 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. Children, families and schools in communities across America have registered to celebrate their local, state and national parks and public land at thousands of park evens. National Park Trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of outdoor play.

"The Senate's designation of National Kids to Parks Day highlights the importance of the connection with the outdoors by encouraging kids to get outside at an early age," said Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore.

The Senate Resolution supporting Kids to Parks Day, was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Barbara Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mike Lee, R-Utah.

NPT launched this grass roots movement five years ago to encourage families to discover and celebrate our country's parks and public lands and water and recently launched kidstoparks.org - events are listed by state and city, and the website features helpful downloadable tips and activity guides to help children, families and teachers plan park adventures.

We hope families across America will use Kids to Parks Day as a great reason to celebrate our National Parks and connect with favorite local and state parks and public lands," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. "This year's Kids to Parks Day takes on special significance as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its milestone Centennial celebration in 2016 and recently launched its Find Your Park campaign.

Families can pledge to participate at kidstoparks.org. When they visit a park on May 16th, kids and parents are encouraged to tweet #kidstoparks or send in photos to buddy@buddybison.org. Pictures will be posted and shared online.

National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day is in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative. For a full list of national collaborators and sponsors see kidstoparks.

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 5, 2015

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5TH ANNUAL 'KIDS TO PARKS DAY' SATURDAY, MAY 16, 2015
FAMILY PARK EVENTS PLANNED ACROSS U.S.

Washington, D.C., May 5, 2015 – Children, families and schools in communities across America will celebrate their local, state and national parks and public lands on Saturday, May 16th in commemoration of the 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. National Park Trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of play.

National Park Trust (NPT) launched kidstoparks.org where park events are listed by state and city, and the website features helpful downloadable tips and activity guides to help children, families and teachers plan park adventures. Those who pledge to participate at the site will also have a chance to win a grand prize, a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera.

"Five years ago, NPT launched this grass roots movement to encourage families to discover and celebrate our country's parks and public lands and water. Families, schools, park officials and elected officials have embraced this fun event – a national day of outdoor play – and it is fast becoming America's unofficial kick off to summer," said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.

"This year's Kids to Parks Day takes on special significance as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its milestone Centennial celebration in 2016 and recently launched its Find Your Park campaign. We hope families across America will use Kids to Parks Day as a great reason to celebrate our National Parks and connect with favorite parks and public lands," added Lee.

National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day is in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative, which is also celebrating its 5th year anniversary. NPT collaborators include: the National League of Cities, America's State Parks, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Park Service, National Recreation and Park Association, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Boy Scouts of America, US Play Coalition, National Geographic Kids, American Hiking Society, Children & Nature Network, National Wildlife Federation, Sierra Club, Outdoors Alliance for Kids, National Environmental Education Foundation, City Parks Alliance, and American Recreation Coalition.

Kids to Parks Day is the signature event of NPT's popular Buddy Bison® School Program which teaches environmental education. Through its woolly mascot Buddy Bison, NPT encourages children to "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Sixty schools in 18 states and Washington, D.C., have participated in the Buddy Bison school program, which provides classroom resources, lesson ideas and fully funded park trips that enhance and expand school curricula.

In 2012, NPT launched the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest. This year, NPT awarded scholarships to 51 schools in 28 states benefiting 3277children, grades pre-K through 12 in Title 1 schools. The scholarships will help students put their ideas into action and visit, learn, steward and play in their local, state and national parks and public lands this month.

Families can pledge to participate at kidstoparks.org. When they visit a park on May 16th, kids and parents are encouraged to tweet #kidstoparks or send in photos to buddy@buddybison.org. Pictures will be posted and shared online.

Sponsors for Kids to Parks Day include First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation, Prudential Financial, Inc., Booz Allen Hamilton, Guest Services, Inc., and CamelBak.

The U.S. Senate recently introduced a resolution in support of Kids to Parks Day.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST

National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and public lands and the engagement of our youth – especially those who are underserved – with nature. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants everyone to have an American park experience. To achieve this, NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow (parktrust.org; kidstoparks.org).

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For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015

Contact: (Wyden) Hank Stern: 503-326-7539
(Portman) Caitlin Conant 202-224-5190
(Hirono) Regan Page 202-577-9184
(Booker) Monique Waters 202-224-8150
(Heinrich) Whitney Potter 202-228-1578

Wyden, Portman, Hirono, Booker and Heinrich Announce Kids to Parks Day

Resolution Kicks Off Summer Events to Encourage Children to Live Active Lifestyles

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are joining together to promote active lifestyles for America's children by introducing a resolution to mark Kids to Parks Day.

Started in 2011 with the National Park Trust, the fifth annual Kids to Parks Day kicks off a summer-long series of events at local, state and national parks.

"Oregonians have a love of the outdoors imprinted in our DNA," Wyden said. "Regardless of age, Oregonians have so many parks to choose from that Kids to Parks Day will provide a fantastic opportunity for young and old alike to get outside."
"America's national parks are a cherished resource, and I was fortunate to visit Cleveland's Cuyahoga Valley National Park last year to learn more about the many park programs geared specifically towards kids," Portman stated. "I am proud to support the Kids to Parks Day Resolution because it's important that we encourage our kids to experience and enjoy the great outdoors."
"Parks provide a critically important venue for folks to explore the beautiful and unique ecosystems in Hawaii," Hirono said. "What better way to ensure our keiki are healthy and happy than to get them out in nature and into our parks? Between the 50 state parks and 7 National Parks in Hawaii, there is something for everyone to enjoy."
"All across the country, our parks are a national treasure and an incredible resource that all Americans should have the opportunity to enjoy," Booker said. "As Kids to Parks Day kicks off another summer of activity, education, relaxation, and exploration, we're proud to encourage the active celebration of America's great outdoors."

"Our public lands are uniquely American and offer endless opportunities for kids to explore, learn, and play," Heinrich said. "Whether it's walking to the local park down the street or hiking and camping in a national park, getting outside with our kids can inspire a lifelong connection to conservation, while reaping all of the health benefits that go along with an active lifestyle."

The fifth annual Kids to Parks Day will be Saturday, May 16, 2015. To find a list of events near you, go here.

100 third-grade students to take learning outdoors at Sweetwater Creek State Park

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

(Atlanta– April 29, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), in partnership with the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, is pleased to announce that M. Agnes Jones Elementary is the newest addition to NPT's nationally recognized Buddy Bison School Program. The program uniquely integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation.

Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program is in support of First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water. Sixty schools across the country have joined the program which focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts in predominantly under-served communities. M. Agnes Jones Elementary is the first school in Atlanta to be welcomed into the program.

"We look forward to our new partnership with the Georgia-Pacific Foundation," stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. "Parks are wonderful outdoor classrooms. As our newest Buddy Bison school, the third-grade students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary will learn not only about the fascinating science and history that exists right in their backyard, but they will also experience the health and wellness benefits of playing outdoors in parks."

Georgia-Pacific's Director of Community Affairs JaKathryn Ross said, "As long-time supporters of education, we know that hands-on learning experiences are the key to making concepts come to life for students. We're excited to support NPT and give students from M. Agnes Jones, our partner school, a wonderful and fun learning opportunity through the Buddy Bison program."

The 3rd-grade students at M. Agnes Jones Elementary will kick off their program at Sweetwater Creek State Park on April 29 and 30th. During this two-day period, 100 students and their teachers will hike through the park learning about geology as they observe faulted and folded rock created by plate tectonic events. They also will learn about adaptions of animals and how they interact with the environment. Students will continue to explore parks throughout the 2015 – 2016 school year.

About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. Through the Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day, a national grassroots movement celebrated annually in May, NPT is building a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our nation's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow (www.parktrust.org and kidstoparks.org).

About Georgia-Pacific
Based in Atlanta, Georgia-Pacific and its subsidiaries are among the world's leading manufacturers and marketers of bath tissue, paper towels and napkins, tableware, paper-based packaging, office papers, cellulose, specialty fibers, nonwoven fabrics, building products and related chemicals. The company employs approximately 35,000 people directly, and creates nearly 130,000 jobs indirectly. Founded in 1958, the Georgia-Pacific Foundation has four key investment areas: education, community enrichment, environment and entrepreneurship. For more information on the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, visit www.gp.com/gpfoundation.

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Grace Lee
Executive Director
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Email: grace@parktrust.org

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Karen Cole
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(Moss Point – March 13, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), is pleased to announce that Moss Point Kreole Primary students will participate in the Buddy Bison Environmental Education School Program. The program is unique in that it integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation. Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water.

"We are very grateful for our partnership with the Mississippi Power Foundation and the Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.", stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. The second-grade students from Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary will have a wonderful and memorable opportunity to enhance their school curricula by learning about their local ecosystems and native wildlife, and how their actions effect the well-being of plants and animals.

The Moss Point students will take part in the program at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge March 16 through 18. During this three-day period, 160 second-grade students and their teachers will participate in numerous activities including the crane boot camp and birding walk with assistance from Mississippi Power volunteers.

"This is a wonderful program that we hope will inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math and learn about the environment," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland.

Sixty schools across the country have engaged with the program, including three other schools in Mississippi: Moss Point Escatawpa Upper Elementary, Newton Elementary (Newton) and Forest Elementary (Forest) which joined the program during the 2013 and 2014 school years. This nationally recognized program focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.

About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our country's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.

Media Contact:
National Park Trust
Grace Lee
Executive Director
Office: 301-279-7275 x14
Email: grace@parktrust.org