• 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

    2015 ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT


  • 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.

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When you buy Buddy Bison, you help National Park Trust send an under-served student to a local, state or national park or wildlife area. All proceeds benefit our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest. Just $10 provides school bus transportation for one under-served student.

Questions about your order? Contact Rebecca Hansell at rebecca@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

After you get your own Buddy Bison, send your photos of you and Buddy Bison as you explore national, state, and local parks; historic landmarks; wilderness areas; and wildlife refuges to buddy@buddybison.org. Or send them to Buddy's facebook page. You can also tweet about Buddy Bison or post on our intagram page #buddybison, etc. We may add you to Buddy's map.

You may be selected to be featured on our website and in our newsletter, Buddy Bison's Buzz along with stories, songs or drawings that you have written with Buddy Bison.

Buddy Bison says, "explore outdoors, the parks are yours!". Become part of this national movement and help us cultivate current and future park stewards!

 

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