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. For 34 years, NPT has enhanced our system of national parks by completing land preservation projects benefiting 40 National Park Units in 29 states, Washington, D.C., and 1 U.S. Territory. 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 70 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 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

Introducing our newest Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Audrey Elliott!

Introducing our newest Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Audrey Elliott!

Introducing our newest Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Audrey Elliott! Audrey is a fourth grader and lives in the beautiful mountains of North Carolina. She loves learning about and exploring North Carolina State Parks, national parks, and other public lands.

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Fund Your School’s Kids to Parks Day Trip

Fund Your School’s Kids to Parks Day Trip

National Park Trust (NPT) invites students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s Parks and public lands

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Solar Panels Gifted to Channel Islands National Park

Solar Panels Gifted to Channel Islands National Park

National Park Trust's park projects are generally focused on land acquisition. However, when a park is in need and NPT has a partner that can help, sometimes we “step out of the box” to assist the park.

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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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