• 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.

Rick Lehman Mr. Lehman is a former United States Congressman and State Assemblyman. As a Congressman from 1983 to 1995 he served on the powerful Energy and Commerce Committee and the Subcommittee on Energy. He was a member of the Natural Resources Committee and chaired the subcommittee on Mining and Natural Resources and served for 12 years on the Water and Power Subcommittee. In recognition of his expertise on water issues, he received the distinguished service award from the National Water Resources Association in 1990.

As an Assemblyman from 1976 to 1982 Mr. Lehman served on the Agriculture Committee, the Water, Parks and Wildlife Committee, the Governmental Organization Committee and the Ways and Means Committee. He was Majority Whip from 1978 to 1982. Earlier, he worked for the California Legislature from 1969 to 1975.

Mr. Lehman is a founder and director of a state chartered bank and holds a Bachelor's degree in Politics from the University of California.

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