• 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.

Jennifer Curtin of Booz Allen Hamilton has more than twenty-five years of experience providing legislative, regulatory, permitting, and policy expertise to federal government clients on real estate and environmental issues. She provides strategic advice to some of the largest federal landowners, including Department of Defense, General Services Administration and Bureau of Land Management and was involved with spearheading an effort to enact a uniform law, The Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, to protect future generations from past contamination. At Booz Allen, she manages a team of 35 environmental professionals, land use planners and real estate staff in supporting multiple programs within the Office of the Secretary of Defense, including Environmental Management, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, Sustainable Range Initiative and Real Estate and develops strategies for the acquisition of land adjacent to military installations through non-profit partnerships. She is licensed to practice law in Maryland, and is Founder of a charitable service organization “Greater Love.”

According to Curtin, “As a parent, I want to ensure that my son and his ‘wired generation’ stay connected to nature and appreciate the majestic beauty of the parks; each are special in their own way. We need to foster this love of nature so that later generations understand that these resources are unique and should be valued and protected.”


Kelly Daly heads the Energy, Environment and Telecommunications Division at the law firm of Stinson Morrison Hecker, LLP. She deals with matters of complex business and professional liability litigation before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) and the Federal Appellate Courts involving regulatory and transactional matters in the electric, natural gas, and oil industries. Kelly began her energy practice as an Attorney Advisor to the Office of Administrative Law Judges at FERC. It is this vast experience that has allowed Kelly to serve on the Executive Committee of the North American Energy Standards Board for more than a decade. She has also consistently been listed in Best Lawyers in America for Energy Law and Public Utilities Fortnightly’s list of Top 25 Utility Lawyers of 2011.

“I've always enjoyed exploring the beauty of our parks and have found them to be a healthy distraction from my often hectic, fast-paced life. The opportunity to work with National Park Trust to preserve these historic natural spaces and to pass this love and respect for nature on to thousands of children across the country is something that resonates with me both personally and professionally," stated Daly.

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