• 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.

Kate Rodgers VentoKate Rodgers is a lifetime educator with a background in management, marketing, and sales. She began her career as an elementary school teacher in Philadelphia after graduating from Chestnut Hill College in Philadelphia, with a Master's in Education. In 1995, she transitioned to the educational publishing and learning solution services field at Pearson Education where she held a variety of positions within sales and marketing.

She joined McGraw-Hill Education in 2005 as a sales management leader where she had the opportunity to partner and collaborate with school systems of all sizes throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region to analyze and develop solutions to meet the instructional needs of their students and teachers within their classrooms. She was also recognized with the Terry McGraw Sales Leadership Award for her training and leadership skills. She is now the Marketing, Enrollment and Alumni Director as St. Bernadette School.

In additional to this professional experience, in 2012, she established a student service and social outreach program called Greater Love at St. Bernadette School in Silver Spring, MD that she remains active with today. She currently resides in Silver Spring, MD with her husband and two daughters.

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