• 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


  • 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.


JULY 2011

A Great Day at Great Falls!

My friends at St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, MD planned a National Kids to Parks Day field trip to Great Falls National Park. They had to reschedule due to flooding in the park but had a perfect, mild day in early June. Here’s what they had to say about their trip.

"Kindergarten through third grade students gathered outside the Great Falls Visitor Center to hear from Park Ranger Fox. She shared the history of the canal, dating back to George Washington, and the importance of maintaining the river frontage and towpath.

The ranger encouraged the students to look carefully for great blue herons, skinks, and snakes as they walked to the falls overlook. Our group took a short hike to the actual falls, seeing several blue herons fishing and finding a toad near the canal and a turtle basking in the sun. The view of the waterfall was spectacular, and many children proclaimed that they wanted to return with their families!

Thank you, Buddy Bison, for promoting a Kids to Parks Day; St. Andrew's loved it!"

MARCH 2011

Buddy Bison Blazes New Trails at St. Andrew's

St. Andrew's Episcopal School (MD) enthusiastically launched the Buddy Bison Program in February! The Lower School students (age 2 through 3rd grade) enjoyed a puppet show by the Blue Sky Puppet Theatre about taking care of our earth. We learned songs about conserving water and how important it is to use less electricity.  Everyone can be a partner for our planet.

Buddy Bison himself joined the students after the show. The preschoolers came forward for hugs, and the elementary students gave Buddy high fives. Buddy knows a lot about being outdoors and encouraged the children to spend more time outside. Buddy then roamed the halls and playground, posing for photos and handing out his stickers, and reminding kids to get outdoors and explore.

Each classroom now has its own soft pint-sized Buddy Bison mascot and backpack with a journal. Buddy has already visited a number of Lower School families on the weekends, and has traveled to playgrounds, backyards, and skiing in Pennsylvania! St. Andrew's Lower School is proud to be a new member of the Buddy Bison community.

Welcome St. Andrew’s!