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 working on more than 100 land preservation projects in 30 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.

Watch this short video to learn more about NPT and what we accomplished last year.

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 2017 is May 20th!

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News

Congratulations to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

Congratulations to Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke

Congratulations to Ryan Zinke, on being named the 52nd Secretary of the Interior. Zinke was sworn in by Vice President Mike Pence on March 1st. He is the first person from Montana to serve as Secretary of the Interior. Photo courtesy of Tami Heilemann.

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Buddy Bison Honors Extraordinary School Leaders

Buddy Bison Honors Extraordinary School Leaders

It's award season! We all know about the Emmys, the Oscars and the Tonys. Last Friday, NPT surprised two members of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School with The Buddy, our National Teacher Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship.

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Kids to Parks Day National School Contest Winners Announced

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest Winners Announced

National Park Trust is pleased to announce the winners of our 2017 Kids to Parks Day School Contest! The annual contest was open to all public, public charter and private schools across the U.S. in grades pre-K through 12, with priority given to students from under-resourced communities. See our list of schools.

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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 Rocky Mountain National Park that will add 33 acres of wilderness to the park. 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!
Kids to Parks Day 2017

Kids to Parks Day 2017

Save the date, Kids to Parks Day 2017 is May 20th! Click here to watch our 2016 KTP Day video.

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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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