• 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.

Spring Trips:  Cross Country Travels!

Just like bears in spring, Buddy Bison students have emerged from their schools and are exploring the great outdoors. I have been all over the country visiting beautiful parks with them. Here is a quick recap of this month’s travels:

Nebraska – Eugene T. Mahoney State Park – Fifth-grade students from Longfellow Elementary, IA explored the park by hiking and climbing the observation tower.
District of Columbia – National Mall and Memorial Parks – Eighth-grade boys from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, MD discovered the history of the park while trekking from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the Washington Monument.
District of Columbia – Students from Washington Middle School for Girls, Neval Thomas Elementary, KIPP: WILL Academy and Potomac Lighthouse Academy visited the U.S. National Arboretum and Washington Youth Garden. They learned A LOT about plants and how to make a garden of their own.
New York – Brooklyn Bridge Park – Fifth- grade students from Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, NY walked the shoreline looking for crustaceans and mollusks. They collected data about their discoveries. 
Indiana – Indiana National Lakeshore –Fifth-grade students explored many unique areas of the park. They were the first children to play in the new natural play area at Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and they hiked to the dunes at West Beach.
Maryland – Locust Grove Nature Center– Third-grade students from Bullis School cleaned up the creek. These environmentally focused students also raised funds to support our park projects.

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