• 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.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015

President Obama to get 4th graders across America outdoors; initiative dovetails with NPT’s Kids to Parks Day, May 16, 2015

Washington, DC—President Obama today launched the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative, providing all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and water for a full year. National Park Trust applauds this initiative as it is perfectly aligned with its mission to ‘preserve parks today and create parks stewards for tomorrow.’

“NPT is confident that the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative will encourage an unprecedented number of kids and families to sign up for Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015. Providing free access to parks and an opportunity to apply for transportation funding will take away the biggest barrier of access to parks for families and schools,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust. “This is an important initiative and a perfect way to prepare for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.”

Five years ago, National Park Trust launched Kids to Parks Day, a national day of play that takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day every year. Last year, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. participated in Kids to Parks Day. NPT’s website, www.parktrust.org, will list all participating park events across the country and provides free downloadable activity guides for families to use year-round. NPT anticipates that more than 1,500 park events will be hosted across the country.

National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT is building a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. To learn more about our work visit www.parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

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