• 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.
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    Buddy Bison went with students to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as part of our river and wetland study.
    Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
    Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
    Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
    Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
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    Monte Alban in Mexico
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    Buddy Whale Watching in Oregon
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    Buddy Watching Seals on Pacific Coast Highway
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    Buddy Bison in Oregon
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    Buddy in Memphis, TN
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    Buddy at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR
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    Buddy at North Cascades National Park, WA
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    Buddy Bison at Redwood National Park, CA
    Buddy at Cape Foulweather, OR
    Buddy at Cape Fowlweather, OR
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    Buddy and friends visit the National Cathedral.
    Buddy at the National Cathedral.
    Buddy and friend visit the National Cathedral.
    Buddy and friends visit the National Cathedral.
    Buddy at the National Cathedral.
    Buddy at the National Cathedral.
    Buddy Bison and friend at Kenilworth Gardens
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    Buddy and friend at the Egyptian Sphinx
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  • Buddy Bison went with students to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens as part of our river and wetland study.
  • Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
  • Students and Buddy Bison visits Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens
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  • Monte Alban in Mexico
  • Mitla in Oaxaca, Mexico
  • Buddy Whale Watching in Oregon
  • Buddy Whale Watching in Oregon
  • Buddy Watching Seals on Pacific Coast Highway, CA
  • Buddy Watching Seals on Pacific Coast Highway
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  • Buddy on Mudd Island, TN
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  • Buddy Bison in Oregon looking into the ocean
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  • Buddy in Cancun
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  • Buddy at Zion National Park, UT
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  • Buddy at Redwood National Park, CA
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  • Buddy at Redwood National Park, CA
  • Buddy at Redwood National Park, CA
  • Buddy at Oregon Trail Interpretative Center, Baker City, OR
  • Buddy at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR
  • Buddy at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR
  • Buddy at Oregon Dunes National Recreation Area, OR
  • Buddy at North Cascades National Park, WA
  • Buddy at North Cascades National Park, WA
  • Buddy at North Cascades National Park, WA
  • Buddy at North Cascades National Park, WA
  • Buddy Bison at North Cascades National Park, WA
  • Buddy at Golden Gate Bridge
  • Buddy Bison at Redwood National Park, CA
  • Buddy at Cape Foulweather, OR
  • Buddy at Cape Fowlweather, OR
  • Buddy at Golden Gate Bridge
  • Buddy and friends visit the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy at the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy and friend visit the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy and friends visit the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy at the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy at the National Cathedral.
  • Buddy Bison and friend at Kenilworth Gardens
  • Buddy Bison Kenilworth Gardens
  • Buddy and friend at the Egyptian Sphinx
  • Buddy at the Great Pyramids
  • Buddy Bison & friend at the Great Pyramids
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