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 48 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.
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.
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.
At an evening reception at the Newseum, the National Park Trust awarded Sen. Martin Heinrich (NM) with the 18th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award was presented by NPT board chair Bill Brownell.