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 34 years, NPT has enhanced our system of national, state, and local parks by completing more than 60 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 60 Title I 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.
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.
On June 14th, National Park Trust recognized Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) with the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. NPT honored his exemplary work to protect our national parks and public lands through his service on the Senate Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior and Environment and the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources, where he serves on the Subcommittee on National Parks. Watch our video tribute here.