• 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.

A recent New York Times article, discussed the National Park Service's challenge to engage a more diverse population of visitors.  NPS visitor statistics show that the majority of visitors do not reflect the growing minority groups represented in our country.

NPT is also concerned that as America's population grows and demographics change, there continues to be a steady decline in attendance at our nation's parks and a growing disconnect between children and nature.  How are we responding?

In 2009, NPT launched Where's Buddy Bison Been? an innovative environmental education program that transports and engages children, especially those that are underserved and at-risk, with the outdoors.  This curriculum-enhancing program is currently being implemented in 44 schools thoughout the country. Through in-classroom visits with environmental professionals and experiential learning in our parks, Buddy Bison students become lifelong park stewards and learn about green career pathways. They are able to interact and learn from role models in education, science, engineering, and land management.

We are breaking down barriers and engaging a whole new generation of park stewards, creating park memories that they will treasure forever.

Click here to read the New York Times article.

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