National Park Trust

Preserving Parks Today; Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

The National Park Trust (NPT), a land trust and environmental education nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. For 35 years, NPT has enhanced our system of national, state, and local parks by completing more than 60 land preservation projects 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 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. 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

National Park Trust Honors Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) with 2017 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

National Park Trust Honors Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) with 2017 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award

National Park Trust (NPT) awards Sen. Lamar Alexander (TN) the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Watch our video tribute here. https://youtu.be/JDASVnTMx_c

“Senator Alexander is recognized for his extraordinary efforts to support our national parks and public lands,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.

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Hike It Baby: Living Life Loud

Hike It Baby: Living Life Loud

"Hey! Do you see me? Look at this rock! It's got the largest bug I've ever seen on it. EW! It TOUCHED me." That's the sound of kids. Kids live life out loud, don't they? They have a way of taking things that are completely normal and making them sound like a brand new discovery.

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7TH ANNUAL  ‘KIDS TO PARKS DAY’ SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PARKS

7TH ANNUAL ‘KIDS TO PARKS DAY’ SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PARKS

The 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day was held May 20th, 2017 – the biggest KTP Day to date! Over 1-million participants enjoyed more than 1,700 park events and programs nationwide, 453 mayors and town councils proclaimed the day and a Senate resolution was passed. Read more about Kids to Parks Day 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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