• We were honored to recognize Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Minnesota, 4th District) with the 16th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award on June 16th. Watch our video tribute here and learn more about our mission and programs.​

    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.



A look at National Kids to Parks Day - Saturday, May 18, 2013

Pick a State!


Alabama  Arizona Arkansas California
Connecticut Delaware Florida Georgia
Illinois Kansas Louisiana Maryland
Michigan Minnesota  Mississippi  Missouri
New Jerse
New York  North Carolina North Dakota 
Ohio South Dakota Tennessee  Texas
Utah Virginia West Virginia Wisconsin



Foscoe Creek Park

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Usery Mountain Regional Park

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Dardanelle State Park

Hot Springs National Park

Iron Mountain Natural Area

Lake Degrey State Park

Petit Jean State Park

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Border Field State Park

Patrick's Point State Park


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Weir Farm National Historic Site

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Brandywine Springs Park

Dupont Nature Center

Fort Delaware State Park

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Canaveral City Park

Jay B. Starkey Wilderness Park

Jonathan Dickinson State Park

Sabal Pines Park

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Carlyle Lake Visitor Center

Central Park

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Capulin Volcano National Monument


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Hodges Gardens State Park

Tickfaw State Fair Nature Center

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Black Hills County Park

Catoctin Mountain National Park

Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center

Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Site

Gaithersburg Book Festival

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Crossroads Village and Huckleberry Railroad

Lemery Park

Lloyd A. Stage Nature Center

Pinery Park


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Big Bog State Park

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Jones Park

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Mark Twain Lake

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New Jersey

Washington's Crossing State Park

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North Carolina

Mt. Mitchell State Park

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North Dakota

Baldhill Dam and Lake Ashtabula


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New York

African Burial Ground National Monument

Highland Park

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Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park

Huffman Prarie Flying Field

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South Dakota

Badlands National Park

Farm Island Recreation Area

Lake Vermillion

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Billy Dunlop Park

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Dinosaur Valley

Jacob's Well Natural Center

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Hovenweep National Monument

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Natural Tunnel State Park

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West Virginia

Dunbar Wine Cellar Park

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Carson Park

Deerwood Park

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