• 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 to Honor Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) at
2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Event in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT) is very pleased to announce that Ohio Senator Rob Portman will receive the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to the Senator at a reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2015. Senator Portman serves on the Finance Committee, is chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; as well as on the Budget Committee.

"America's national parks are a cherished resource, and I am proud to receive this award," Portman said. "We're fortunate to have many national parks in Ohio with wonderful park programs, and I look forward to continuing my work to protect and maintain them."

NPT will recognize Senator Portman for his outstanding record as an advocate for our national parks. His numerous accomplishments include his work as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, which was instrumental in creating the president's signature National Parks Centennial Initiative, his long term efforts to address high priority issues that face our national parks including the backlog of deferred maintenance projects, and his passionate support of one of the most highly visited national parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Furthermore, Senator Portman's introduction of the Senate Resolution, along with Senator Mark Udall and Senator Ron Wyden, proclaiming May 17, 2014 as Kids to Parks Day played an important role in the record increase in participation in the event nationwide.

According to NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell, "Senator Portman's work in Washington, D.C. and at home in Ohio, demonstrates his continued commitment to legislation and other actions that will not only preserve our nation's parks today, but also ensure their continued enjoyment by future generations. By ensuring that public lands are protected and available for use by everyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity or income level, Senator Portman is helping to create the next generation of conservationists and improve the lives of countless children and their families."

NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America's parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Senator Ron Wyden, Congressman Mike Simpson, Senator Mark Udall, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator John McCain, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Congressman George Miller, and Senator Harry Reid. All proceeds from the event benefit NPT's park preservation and youth education initiatives.

National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT is building a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. More details about NPT's programs and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org.

Press Contact: Grace Lee, NPT Executive Director at grace@parktrust.org or 301-706-3407.

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