• 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.
Who is Buddy Bison®?
Fuzzy, brown and ready for adventure, Buddy Bison® wants to explore America's parks with you. 
Once upon a time kids ran freely outside, played in creeks, caught bugs and enjoyed nature. These days however, many children are not connected to the outdoors in the same way. Attendance at America's parks and forests has declined steadily each year since the late 1980s.
Where's Buddy Bison Been?® inspires kids, families, schools and groups to get outside and share their American Park Experience.

Don't Roam Alone

Bring Buddy Bison along as you visit America's local, state, and national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, monuments to connect your kids and families to nature. Don't leave home without him. Click here to see Where's Buddy Bison Been?® so far.

Send us photos, videos, songs and stories.

E-mail them to Buddy@buddybison.org and we'll add them to the Buddy Bison™ Map and our social media profiles.


What's New

  • newschoolyear

    Welcome to a new school year! 
    As you settle into your normal school routine this year, don't forget to make time for you and your children to enjoy our nation's parks. Read more from Parents Magazine.

  • Parents-teacherrotatingoutdoorclassroom
    Buddy Bison Closes the "Access Gap"
    The Buddy Bison School Program provides the necessary resources to connect under-served youth to parks, helping to close what Washington Parent Magazine calls the "access gap". Read More.


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