National Park Trust

Preserving Parks Today; Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

National Park Trust (NPT), a land trust and environmental education nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 35 years since NPT was established, it has carried out its preservation mission by completing more than 60 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects for more than 30,000 acres in 30 states and 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 51 National Park Service projects in 42 National Park Service Units, 3 U.S. Forest Service projects, 3 National Wildlife Refuge projects and 9 state and local park projects. Furthermore, since 2009, NPT has been working to cultivate the next generation of park stewards through our two national youth programs, our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day. Currently, we are funding 65 Title I Buddy Bison schools and we provided an additional 92 schools with park grants for Kids to Parks Day.

NPT has the unique opportunity to make park preservation projects into a thousand teachable moments, by preserving critical park lands and engaging our youth, especially those that are under-served, with park education programs, outdoor recreation, and park stewardship. We invite you to learn more about our mission and programs and how you can get involved.

2017-2018 Recap

What we do

Park Preservation

Park Preservation

NPT is a land trust non-profit. As we venture into the second century of the National Park Service, we are working to acquire and preserve high-priority land parcels located within the boundaries of our National Parks. Learn about our current and completed projects here.

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Buddy Bison® Schools

Buddy Bison® Schools

The Buddy Bison School Program is a national environmental youth education program that engages students PreK-8th grade from Title I schools with local, state, and national parks. Our goal is to cultivate future park stewards by bringing environmental education outdoors.

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Kids to Parks™ Day

Kids to Parks™ Day

Kids to Parks Day is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country are learning about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and history. Kids to Parks Day is celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May.

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News

Gift from the Wyss Foundation Provides Outdoor Education for Thousands of Students

Gift from the Wyss Foundation Provides Outdoor Education for Thousands of Students

Thanks to a generous $200,000 gift from the Wyss Foundation to National Park Trust, 27 Title I schools received funding to bring 1,865 students to parks through the Buddy Bison School Program this school year.

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NPT Helps Complete Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

NPT Helps Complete Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

For more than 20 years, the National Park Service had sought to purchase the last privately owned land parcel in Washita Battlefield National Historical Site in Roger Mills County, OK. Thanks to recent efforts by NPT this acquisition was completed in May. The land is an integral part of the park’s history and overlooks the site of the Cheyenne camp that was attacked by Lt. Colonel George Armstrong Custer and the U.S. Army 7th Cavalry.

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National Park Trust Awarded a Paddle Nation Grant to Get Washington, DC Students to Explore Their Waterways

National Park Trust Awarded a Paddle Nation Grant to Get Washington, DC Students to Explore Their Waterways

National Park Trust received funding to support its work to engage approximately 1,300 students in the Washington, DC area with  their local waterways in partnership with Wilderness Inquiry (WI) and REI.

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Buddy Bison

Buddy Bison

Make Buddy Bison your new traveling companion as you visit, explore and protect our natural resources and parks. Become part of this national movement and get your own pint-sized, lovable, woolly Buddy Bison today!

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Buddy Bison T-Shirt

Buddy Bison T-Shirt

Show your Buddy Bison pride with this cotton* T-shirt! Then let us know where you and Buddy Bison have been.

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Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure, written by Ilona E. Holland, offers breathtaking photographs and a charming story as well as an afterward with a short history of the park, a detailed map, and fun facts about wildlife, conservation, and more.

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Preserving Parks Today

Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

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