• 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 Keeps Buddy Bison Busy! 

September 2011

Students and teachers at Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School love Buddy Bison!  Beauvoir is a private school in Washington D.C. All of the students from preschool to third grade participate in the Where's Buddy Bison Been? program. 

The preschoolers, whose class is called ‘The Whales’, wrote a whole story about Buddy Bison and drew pictures to illustrate it.  They used the theme from the book, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie….  Instead they titled their story, If You Give Buddy Bison the Whale Class... In their book, the students describe all the fun things that happen when you give The Whales a Buddy Bison. Click here to read their story and see their totally cute illustrations.

Each year, second graders go on a river study where they study the local rivers and visit national parks in the Washington D.C. area to learn about and experience rivers and natural habitats.  Through their studies, they learn to be thoughtful, good caretakers of the environment and their local habitat.  Check out their awesome river paintings!

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Beauvoir's Primary Division Director, Jalene Spain Thomas took Buddy Bison this summer on a cross country adventure that included 8 national parks and Mexico!  That makes Buddy Bison want to sing:  

from the Redwood Forest to the Gulf Stream waters – this land was made for you and me! 

Here are some of her pictures:

We would like to give a big shout out to Beauvoir teacher Roya Fardoust, who teaches at Beauvoir, for being such a great ambassador for Buddy Bison at her school!

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