• 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.

Elizabeth B. Ulmer is a non-profit consultant specializing in planned giving program development. Prior to starting her own business, she worked as a lawyer, lobbyist and fundraiser for Earth Justice (then Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) and ultimately started their in-house planned giving program as Director of Planned Giving. Elizabeth then transitioned to Island Press where she was Co-Director for Program Advancement. Her board experience includes chairing the Coral Reef Alliance, a national non-profit dedicated to coral reef conservation, as well as serving on various school board for the past 18 years in Washington, DC. She was vice president of the National Child Research Center board, Trustee Committee chair and Outreach Committee co-chair at Beauvoir Elementary, and Governance Committee chair as well as an active member on the Compensation and Accreditation committees at St. Albans School. Currently she chairs the Governance Committee for the board of the Protestant Episcopal Cathedral Foundation. Elizabeth received her BA from Williams College and her JD from the University of Texas School of Law. Elizabeth and her husband Jonathan Graham have two children, Miles and Annie, a recent college graduate and a Junior, respectively. The family recently moved to Malibu, California and splits time there with extended visits to their DC home.

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