• 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.

The Dream Continues
America's National System of Parks

Legacy and Trust

stuntedtreesmallThese two words cannot be taken lightly. It took 10 years of effort before we claimed these attributes.

Some credited the National Park Trust (NPT) with these attributes long ago when we completed our first park at Ft. Laramie National Park. Since then we have finished five national parks. That's a legacy.

Still others said we merited the recognition stated in our name when we became the first, and still only, charity that owns a national park, the Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve. That's trust.

During our existence, we have taken every property seriously, be it one acre or thousands. In over 100 different land protection efforts, we have bought, donated and worked to protect hallowed battlefields, critical wildlife habitat, scenic vistas and much more to the national parks and refuges.

Even though there are nearly six million privately owned acres within the existing national parks (and many more in national refuges and state parks), the loss of one acre can destroy the values that the park was established to protect. Imagine an abandoned silver mine of a few acres in the heart of Sequoia National Park that could have been bought and converted into an incredible second home, resort, you name it.

The National Park Service (NPS) could only pay a small amount. The owner justified a greater value. After years of negotiation, we made up the difference and bought the property, now part of the park.

And there are scores of other stories. This Legacy Report is devoted to the first 10 years of private charity status. We are proud of this Legacy. We have lived up to the trust that millions of donors have in us. We will leave a greater legacy in the next decade, because of that public trust.

Thank you!

President Chairman of the Board

Table of Contents

The Dream Continues – America's National System of Parks
National Park Trust – Years in the Making
Inholdings and Critical Lands
The Strategic Plan for the National Park Trust
Update – Last Year's Most Threatened State Parks
NPT Project Timeline – A Short History
The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award
Financial Report
Summary – Projects for 2001
Special Thanks

To obtain a copy of the report "Saving the Legacy of the National System of Parks", please write to: legacy@parktrust.org or
contact National Park Trust, 202-548-0500

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