• 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.

evanaEvan Anderson serves both as a consultant to ICAP Ocean Tomo LLC and VP to Fairview Advisors LLC, where he advises on Mergers & Acquisitions, private equity financings and technology sales (patent/technology sales) primarily to Information and Communication Technology companies.  Evan holds an MBA, JD and BA degrees.  Early in his career he also served as an Assistant Attorney General to the State of Illinois.

As an avid outdoorsman, Evan enjoys long distance running (13 marathons completed), camping and frequent trips into the Sierra Nevada Mountain range, Big Cypress and the Florida Everglades.  He also enjoys spending time on an undeveloped island (Keewaydin) near Naples, Florida as well as visioning for Chicago’s forthcoming Bloomingdale Trail www.bloomingdaletrail.org.

Evan resides in Chicago, Illinois and Naples, Florida.

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