About Us

The National Park Trust is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. We are the nation's only organization dedicated to the completion, and the full appreciation, of the American system of local, state and national parks through the identification of key land acquisition and preservation needs. We are not content with merely building out our nation's system of parks; our vision is based on the belief that there is a necessity to engage young people with our treasured natural areas.

Since 1983, NPT has worked on more than 100 conservation projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. NPT is a 501c3 nonprofit organization. All donations are tax deductible.


Our vision is that everyone will have an American Park Experience. This can only happen if we build awareness and appreciation of our system of local, state and national parks, and dedicate ourselves to introducing successive generations to this uniquely American heritage.


NPT’s mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. As we spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature we need to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks.



Park Preservation

For the past three decades, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and protection of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and waterways.


Kids to Parks

The future of our nation's treasured parks, public lands and other open spaces rests in the hands of our youth. Through NPT's widely respected and rapidly growing kids to parks initiatives and Buddy Bison youth education program, everyone will be provided with the American Park experience they deserve.



Our Park Preservation Projects     Our Buddy Bison Schools




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NPT has been the recipient of the Best in America Seal of Approval awarded by the Independent Charities and Local Independent Charities of America. Of the 1 million charities operating in the United States, fewer that 0.2% have been awarded this seal.


cophilanthropyNPT was one of sixty-eight exceptional nonprofits chosen this year from a field of over 250 applicants for inclusion in the 2009/10 Catalogue of Philanthropy of Greater Washington. The widely-respected catalogue profiles environmental, cultural, educational, human services, and international organizations with budgets below $3 million.


We are proud that in fiscal year 2011, 84% of our resources were invested in our land conservation and youth education programs. NPT once again has met all 20 criteria for the Better Business Bureau Wise Giving Alliance.

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