• 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.


















Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2014) – National Park Trust (NPT) awarded Senator Ron Wyden (OR) the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at its annual event held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Wyden was recently named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and previously served as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.

NPT recognized Sen. Wyden for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship, and for his ability to create bipartisan solutions. According to NPT, one of his greatest accomplishments in recent years was his leadership on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. This Act protected over 150,000 acres of land in Oregon, and created new wilderness for future generations to enjoy. Sen. Wyden has also been a steadfast supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, continuously pushing legislation that would guarantee full funding. In addition, he co-sponsored a Senate Resolution officially recognizing NPT’s Kids to Parks Day in May 2013 and May of 2014.


“Preserving Oregon’s special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor,” said Sen. Ron Wyden.


“I am so delighted that NPT is honoring Senator Ron Wyden with the Vento Award.  I know that Bruce would be delighted as well.  Senator Wyden’s commitment to preserving our nation’s treasured national parks and environment and providing opportunities for all citizens- especially children – to experience our national parks makes him a public servant who truly deserves NPT’s recognition,” said Sue Vento, NPT Leadership Council.


NPT also announced that two new schools in Oregon will participate in its Buddy Bison education program: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt in Portland and Fossil Charter School in Fossil.  Emerson Electric is underwriting the program in Fossil, OR and Prudential is underwriting the program in Portland, OR.


NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Sen. John McCain, Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rep. George Miller, and Sen. Harry Reid.


National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.  As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. More details about NPT’s programs and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org .


Press Contact: Grace Lee at grace@parktrust.org or Shana Newman Fajardo at shana@parktrust.org301-279-7275.


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