• 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 Acknowledges Sponsors for Supporting its Programs and the 2009 Vento Event


California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger accepted the 2009 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award on October 29 at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The Award, NPT's highest honor, recognized the Governor for his leadership and innovation in the protection of public lands in California and for his life-long commitment to children's health and to connecting them with the outdoors.

NPT recognized Governor Schwarzenegger for his overall record in land conservation, the highlights of which include the creation of the Sierra Nevada Conservancy, the protection of important coastal areas in California, the preservation and stewardship of related forests and stream habitat, and his initiatives promoting youth fitness and out-of-doors experiences, exemplified in California Children's Bill of Rights. NPT also recognized the Governor for his leadership in addressing climate change and alternative energy.

In his remarks the Governor said, "Bruce Vento was an amazing man there's no two ways about it. We have seen it in this footage of all the things he accomplished. And we all know how hard he worked for the people and the environment. It is a true honor to receive this award in his name."

At the event, board vice chair Diana Leon Taylor presented the Governor with what she calls the ‘real' award - his own Buddy Bison, NPT's stuffed animal mascot which encourages children and their families to reconnect with our nation's parks. Immediately following the award reception, the Governor took a photo with Buddy Bison and sent it to his 1.3 million followers on Twitter. The post quickly received more than 9,000 views!

NPT's Board Chair, William Brownell and Executive Director, Grace Lee both expressed their heartfelt gratitude to the organizations and individuals who sponsored the event. 
• The Rocksprings Foundation
• 3M
• Bingham McCutchen LLP
• Edison International
• National Association of Realtors
• Paladin Capital Group
• PaulHastings LLP
• Bank of America
• Cantor CO2e
• Hunton & Williams LLP
• The Yolande Leon Foundation
• Walmart

Each year, NPT honors a public servant with the Vento Award for his or her commitment to the environment and service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. The bipartisan Award was established in 2000 to honor the legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a 12-term Congressman from Minnesota who was a committed environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America's parks. Recent recipients have included: Sen. Harry Reid (D-NV), Rep. George Miller (D-CA) and Sen. John McCain (R-AZ). The Vento Award is presented annually at a reception in Washington, D.C. All proceeds from the event benefit NPT's land conservation and youth education programs.

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