• 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.

Beauvoir Busy with Buddy Bison!

November 2010

Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School (Washington, DC) kept busy with Buddy Bison this month! Here are students’ notes on some of their adventures. 

2nd Grade Leprechaun class: The Leprechaun class took Buddy Bison to Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens in October and saw so many wetlands plants and animals! Our guide, Ranger Kathy, showed us duck weed, a seed called a hitchhiker, and turtles. We even saw a gaggle of geese land in the water! The giant lily pads that we saw were over three feet across… They were so big! It was a really fun field trip and we observed the many sights, sounds, and smells of nature! Buddy Bison loved our field trip.

Pre-K Penguins The Pre-K Penguins visited Olmsted Woods on November 8, 2010 to investigate the changes that happen in our environment during the season of autumn. Buddy Bison accompanied us on this trip and saw, heard, felt, and smelled some signs of autumn too!

Here are some thoughts from the Pre-K students:
I saw a squirrel.
I (maybe) smelled a rock that was sprayed by a skunk.
I saw leaves that were red, yellow, and brown.
I collected leaves and they were different colors.
Buddy Bison learned about the leaves, trees, and the woods with us.

Pre-K Whales Made a Class Nature “Monster”: We went on a nature walk with Buddy Bison and on our walk we collected rocks, berries, sticks, grass, leaves, twigs and pine needles so we can make a class monster. It was so much fun to make our monster because it is a pretend creature. Look at our monster collage!

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