• 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.

Steve Schuler SquareSteve is a partner and chief investment officer for Bridgewater Wealth & Financial Management in Bethesda, MD.  ​A graduate of Hobart College and the Securities Industry Institute at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, Steve also serves on the board of the St. Paul’s School for Boys (Baltimore, MD), and as a volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity of the Chesapeake.

An avid sportsman (skiing, squash, tennis and cycling), Steve recalls an early visit to Yellowstone National Park. “After dropping off our son in Montana for college, I visited Yellowstone for the first time and was struck by the scale of its landscapes and the beauty of its wildlife. Ever since, I have valued the importance of sharing these national treasures with youth to create the next generation of park stewards. I am very pleased to be a part of National Park Trust’s board during this very exciting time as we approach the centennial celebration.” 

NPT board chair Bill Brownell states, "we are delighted to welcome Steve Schuler to the NPT board. His passion for our parks, youth education, and the outdoors, combined with his financial, investment and philanthropy expertise will be very helpful and timely as we expand our lands and youth programs in partnership with the National Park Service and other environmental organizations."

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