National Park Trust

Preserving Parks Today; Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

For 35 years, National Park Trust (NPT) has enhanced our system of national, state, and local parks by completing more than 100 land preservation projects in 33 states and Washington, D.C. 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 60 Title 1 Buddy Bison schools and we provided an additional 74 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.

What we do

Park Preservation

Park Preservation

NPT is a land trust non-profit. In honor of the National Park Service centennial, 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 enviromental 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 stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and history. Kids to Parks Day 2017 is May 20th!

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News

2016 Annual Impact Report

2016 Annual Impact Report

Check out our new 2016 Annual Impact Report and read highlights about our accomplishments thanks to the generous support from our partners and friends.

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Discovering National Parks and Camping Too!

Discovering National Parks and Camping Too!

Thanks to our new partnership with the Diana Davis Spencer Foundation and their outstanding gift of $202,000, we welcomed 10 Title 1 schools in Washington, D.C. into this school year’s Buddy Bison School Program. Plus 6 schools will experience 3 days and 2 nights of camping!

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Featured on PBS NewsHour

Featured on PBS NewsHour

Special correspondent Kavitha Cardoza of Education Week joins our Buddy Bison students from Pennycook Elementary (CA) at Muir Woods National Monument near San Francisco. Watch here.

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Rocky Mountain National Park

Rocky Mountain National Park

NPT, in partnership with the Rocky Mountain Conservancy and The Wilderness Land Trust has acquired a private inholding within the boundaries of the park that will add 33 acres of wilderness to the Wild Basin area. The last critical piece of funding was provided to NPT by The Barrett Family Foundation.

(Photo Credit: Karen Fisher)

You Made This Year Possible!

You Made This Year Possible!

What a year it has been for National Park Trust! Got 60 seconds? Watch this video which highlights what we’ve accomplished together against the backdrop of the historic 100th anniversary of the National Park Service (NPS).

You Made This Year Possible!
2016 Annual Impact Report

2016 Annual Impact Report

Check out our new 2016 Annual Impact Report and read highlights about our accomplishments thanks to the generous support from our partners and friends. View Report Here

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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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