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. 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. 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.

What we do

Park Preservation

Park Preservation

In honor of the centennial 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 engages elementary and middle school students 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

This national day of play 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 (sceince, technology, engineering, and math), and history.

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News

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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Our Kids to Parks Day School Contest is Live!

Our Kids to Parks Day School Contest is Live!

NPT's Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is back! Check out kidstoparks.org for rules and instructions for how to apply for a grant (up to $1,000) for your classroom. The contest is open to all pre-K through 12th graders at Title I schools. The contest ends February 14th!

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2016-17 Catalogue for Philanthropy

2016-17 Catalogue for Philanthropy

Look who made the 2016-17 Catalogue for Philanthropy! Yep, that's us being recognized for getting all 3,200 fourth-grade students in DCPS to a National Park during the 2016-17 school year. Visit our profile on Catalogue for Philanthropy and check out our wishlist for ways you can support our work preserving parks and getting more students out to explore them.

Photo courtesy of Julia Schweitzer, Wilderness Inquiry.

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Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

NPT participated in the dedication ceremony at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to celebrate the land acquisition that adds 32 acres around the Visitor Center. Local 4th graders from two Buddy Bison schools joined the dedication festivities. Read More.

OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAK LEAF AWARDS

OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAK LEAF AWARDS

Outdoors Alliance for Kids Announces Inaugural OAK Leaf Awards.

National Park Trust, REI, The North Face, Children & Nature Network and National League of Cities honored for collaborative approach to getting kids outdoors. Read more.

OUTDOORS ALLIANCE FOR KIDS ANNOUNCES INAUGURAL OAK LEAF AWARDS
Kids to Parks Day 2017

Kids to Parks Day 2017

Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video. Save the date Kids to Parks Day 2017 is Saturday, May 20th!

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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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Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

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