• 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 (NPT) will be launching a new project at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve (LA), to benefit the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery, in honor of the 200th anniversary of the Battle of New Orleans (January 8, 2015) and the upcoming centennial celebration of the National Park Service (NPS) in 2016.

NPS and NPT will work with students from Chalmette Elementary to educate them about the unique and important historical significance of the park and this restoration project. Then the students will be assisting rangers in removing invasive species and planting native trees and foliage at the park's entrance and at the national cemetery. This multi-year project when completed will enhance the visitor experience and protect the integrity of the site.

"One of the great benefits of working with the National Park Trust on a landscaping project at the Chalmette Battlefield is the opportunity to engage young members of our neighboring community. ", stated Nigel Fields, Chief of Interpretation and Education at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve.

"NPT has learned that most of the students do not have a connection to the park which is right in their back yard. By engaging local students with this multi-year project, they will learn not only about Louisiana's rich history, but also about the important role they can play as park stewards", commented Billy Schrack, NPT's education director.

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