• Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video.​

    Mapping our progress


  • Since 1983, NPT has supported and assisted in acquiring inholdings and in developing public and private partnerships to promote the acquisition and preservation of parks, wildlife refuges, historic landmarks, public lands, and water ways. We have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. To learn more about about our work and how you can get involved, contact Dick Ring, NPT Park Projects Director.

  • Buddy Bison® School Program: Because Kids Need Parks and Parks Need Kids

    The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).

    This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Director of Youth Programs.

Use these websites to learn about the parks in your area. 


Plan Your Park Trip!
Whether you're looking for that perfect spot to hike, bike and swim or take a history lesson, there are so many fun things you can do with your family in a national park.

reconnect Reconnect with Nature
Make the pledge to play outside for at least one green hour a day. Take pictures. How did you spend your green hour with Buddy Bison?
naturerocks Nature Rocks
Playing in nature is free and fun. Let’s explore and bring Buddy Bison along.
discoverforrest Discover the Forest
Learn where to take Buddy Bison, what sounds animals make and how to use a compass. Plus print the book – "What to Do Outside."
takebuddy Take Buddy Bison to a National Park
Discover what national parks are close to you. Where will you take Buddy Bison? Check to see if there is a Junior Park Ranger program at your local park.
webranger Do You Want to Be a WebRanger?
Before taking Buddy to the parks, play more than 50 games, earn badges and learn all about the national parks.
iloveparks I Love Parks
This website, created by a park ranger, lists all the state and national parks where you can take Buddy Bison.
stateparks State Parks
An easy site that directs you to parks all across the country. Simply click on a state, then click on a region.
wonderfulwildlife Wonderful Wildlife
Click on your state and find out all about your National Wildlife Refuges. See if you and Buddy can spot any wildlife.
findevents Find Events In Your Area
To find events, simply type in your location. Bring Buddy Bison to the events in your area.


Go Outside and Take Pictures
Share your Buddy Bison photos on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Services mosaic.


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