• 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.

Early March kicked off the beginning of a multi-year partnership with NPT and Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve. Through 2017, NPT will be working with the National Park Service and local school groups to restore the Chalmette Battlefield and National Cemetery by planting native trees. They also will be learning about the park's rich and diverse cultural history. Fifth graders from Chalmette Elementary donned boots, gloves and safety goggles and assisted in planting 180 trees; the native hardwoods will preserve the beauty of the park while replacing storm damaged trees.

“They made an immediate difference in the appearance of the battlefield and the national cemetery. In the long run, the site will look better and better as the trees grow, and every time those participants pass by, they’ll see their trees and know that they played an important part in preserving these sites for everyone to enjoy in the future,” said Jean Lafitte’s Chief of Resource Management, Guy Hughes.

Students will visit the park again before the end of the school year to monitor the trees. Over the next four years, NPT is providing funding for planting materials including trees, equipment, boots, gloves, goggles and monitoring tools.

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