• 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.

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In June 2015, we surprised Stephen Biller, fifth-grade science teacher at Beacon Heights Elementary in Riverdale, MD, with The Buddy, our national teacher award for outstanding environmental stewardship, at an all-school assembly. Thanks to Stephen's tremendous leadership and passion for our parks, 65 students have taken learning outdoors on eight different occasions in just this past year! They even adopted a local park where they completed several major clean-up projects.

As Stephen stated, "the Buddy Bison program has played a major role in facilitating the adoption of Glenridge Park by my school...I know that this environmental stewardship will inspire students to be lifelong protectors of our parks. I am a better and more passionate educator because of this partnership...But most importantly, this program has allowed my students to see more of their world. Beacon Heights Elementary School is a Title 1 school and many of our parents do not have the money to send their children on field trips. The Buddy Bison program removes those hurdles."

Congratulations Stephen! A huge Buddy Bison thanks to Pepco for their generous sponsorship of Beacon Heights each year!

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