• 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.

School Contest

 Contest winners Announcement

 Contest Details: 

  • Students must select a park near their school.
  • Students must research the park to find out what outdoor recreation activities, educational, and park stewardship opportunities.
  • Students must complete the two-page entry form.
  • One entry form can be submitted per class; more than one entry form can be submitted per school.
  • We want to hear from the students, so help them develop their ideas, but allow them to complete the proposal in their own words.
    • If the students are unable to complete the proposal for any reason, please contact William Schrack at NPT (301-279-7275 x11)
  • Be creative: video entries, artwork, and photos are encouraged as part of the entry!
  • Cover letters from teachers are also encouraged, but not required.

Contest winners will receive:

  • Funding for one park experience including school bus transportation, park-related fees, supplies for park stewardship project, or anything else students feel would enhance their educational parks experience.
  • Official award certificate and KTP stickers for students.
  • A classroom Buddy Bison, our pint-sized woolly mascot, to take on your park adventure.
  • A opportunity to have a student-written article about the experience featured on our website, in our e-newsletter, or in Buddy Bison's Buzz.
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