• 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.

National Park Trust Awards Senator John McCain Highest Honor

“The urgency of your work, in my view, is no better articulated than in my great and wonderful state of Arizona . . . You are doing such wonderful work that would not otherwise be done… You’ve embarked on projects and preserved great national treasures that would not have been done so today if it had not been for your efforts and for that I am exceedingly and everlastingly grateful." - Senator John McCain, June 8, 2006

mccain_vento_awardWashington, D.C. (June 8, 2006) - National Park Trust, America's only land conservancy dedicated to preserving America's national system of parks, wildlife and historic monuments, awarded U.S. Senator John McCain with the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award today.

Senator McCain credited the National Park Trust for "protecting the valuable treasures" provided by the country's national parks, and also emphasized his gratitude to the many volunteers who assist with the day-to-day operations of the national parks. "I accept this award on behalf of those who volunteer and help our country preserve all of our national treasures," Senator McCain said. He paid particular attention to the vast number of senior citizens who volunteer their time in both the management and daily operations of the National Park System.

"Senator McCain exemplifies a public servant who understands and works for the very best of our nation," said Paul Pritchard, NPT president. The award was presented during a luncheon today at the Washington D.C. Hyatt Hotel on Capitol Hill. More than 200 supporters of the national park system attended the luncheon and award presentation.

NPT's Pritchard added, "Over the past decade, Senator McCain has led efforts as diverse as legislation to create bonds for needed National Park repairs, protection of new parks and monuments in Arizona, climate change legislation, protection of the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, and greater environmental awareness of Antarctica. Like President Teddy Roosevelt, John McCain's legacy is diverse and meaningful."

National Park Trust established the Bruce F. Vento Award to honor those in public service who have demonstrated a lifetime of distinguished skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America. During his twelve terms in the House of Representatives from the 4th District of Minnesota, Bruce Vento was a champion of the conservation movement. His humility was counterbalanced by the strength of his commitment to our parks. As a Member of Congress, he guided more than 300 bills into law to help protect our natural resources. Congressman Vento passed more park and environmental legislation than any other committee chair.

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