National Park Trust

Preserving Parks Today; Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

National Park Trust (NPT), a land trust and environmental education nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. In the 35 years since NPT was established, it has carried out its preservation mission by completing 70 land acquisition, restoration, and mitigation projects for more than 30,000 acres in 31 states and 1 U.S. Territory and Washington, D.C. including 55 National Park Service projects in 44 National Park Service Units, 3 U.S. Forest Service projects, 3 National Wildlife Refuge projects and 9 state and local park projects. 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 77 Title I Buddy Bison schools and we provided an additional 92 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.

2017-2018 Recap

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 Receives ‘Parks for All’ Grant from Hydro Flask

National Park Trust Receives ‘Parks for All’ Grant from Hydro Flask

Thanks to Hydro Flask’s Parks for All funding, NPT has an early lead commitment to provide park trips for 50 Title I schools across the country in celebration of Kids to Parks Day in May.

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The Most Impressive 3rd Graders

The Most Impressive 3rd Graders

NPT Advisory Board member and longtime teacher, Carolyn Cohen helped her students fund a free park trip for an under-served local classroom. Find out how the gift of giving taught this class MUCH more than they expected.

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Historic Landmark and Shoreline Protected in Washington State at Ebey’s Landing

Historic Landmark and Shoreline Protected in Washington State at Ebey’s Landing

National Park Trust and partners preserve one of Washington state’s oldest homes and a critical parcel of shoreline within Ebey’s Landing National Historical Reserve.

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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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