• 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.

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National Park Trust is very pleased to once again recognize one of our outstanding teachers for their dedication, creativity, and hard work to connect their students with our parks and public lands. This year "The Buddy" National Teacher Award for Excellence in Environmental Education was awarded to Pam Alexandroff, a fifth-grade teacher from Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL. Pam has explored the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IN) and Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum (IL) with her students, exposing them to an entirely different world near their community. She has worked to bring parks into her classroom through naturalist and ranger visits and also through her daily lesson plans. In the photo above, Pam (center) is pictured with Dick Ring, NPT's park projects director and Alice Vera, the school principal.

Our "hooves off" to Pam! And a HUGE Buddy Bison thanks to Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP who generously sponsor Jose de Diego Community Academy each year. They also provided the wonderful resources so Pam and her daughter Alexandra could travel from Chicago to DC and be recognized by Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and all of our guests at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award event on June 11. Hear her comments from that evening.

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