• 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 has undertaken and accomplished a number of projects over the past 30 years, with several involving very important historic sites. One such example is the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in Kentucky. This site consists of two units, the Birthplace Park where Lincoln was born, and the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek, where Lincoln spent his early childhood. 

National Park Trust played a major role in the creation of the park by purchasing the option on the 232-acre parcel of land which included the Knob Creek Unit. By partnering with the Preservation of Lincoln’s Kentucky Heritage Inc., the Abraham Lincoln Boyhood Home at Knob Creek was included by the National Park Service as a unit within the Abraham Lincoln Birthplace National Historic Site in 2004.

It was critical that the Boyhood Home at Knob Creek become a part of the National Historic Site so it could gain national protection and funding. Both units showcase what a fascinating background Lincoln had.  By combining them in one park, the awareness of each is greatly elevated.

Both units do an excellent job of showing how far Lincoln went in life--from a small one-room cabin in the wilderness to one of the greatest presidents in American history. The Boyhood Home at Knob Creek Unit, in particular, enables children to understand Lincoln’s boyhood by exploring the same trails and streams that Abe did.

While the Birthplace Park commemorates his birth in 1809, the Boyhood Home shows where Lincoln spent the early years of his life. Both draw large crowds desiring to see where Lincoln learned to read in a small one-room cabin before striking off to Indiana and Illinois, where he became an excellent lawyer and eventually the 16th President of the United States.

According to John Rollins, a National Park Trust Board member who clearly recalls this project, “The Lincoln Boyhood Home project, like others, succeeded through the dedicated efforts of a single board member who not only inspired NPT to pursue it but also worked diligently to make it a reality. That board member was Charlie Estes.”

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