• 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.

Do you have any idea how big your carbon footprint may be? Did you know that the Caesars Foundation cares about that answer? Although you may not have thought about the answers to either of these questions, Caesars is very proud of their company’s first comprehensive environmental sustainability strategy called CodeGreen. Building on our multi-year partnership, Caesars is working with NPT and Terrapass to create a Buddy Bison carbon reduction school contest that will engage elementary school students and their employees in fun creative ways to: 1) learn about greenhouse gases and assess their consumption in energy and waste; 2) set goals for students to reduce carbon emissions, waste and energy; 3) create easy action steps to reduce energy and waste consumption; 4) quantify results so actions equal results; and 5) earn park scholarships for their schools!

This unique program begins this upcoming school year and all schools participating in the program will win park scholarships of differing amounts depending on the results of their carbon reduction contest “report card”. Five elementary schools in the following Caesars communities will participate: Atlantic City, New Orleans, North Kansas City, Council Bluffs and Las Vegas. The respective Caesars properties will launch the program in each school and will also participate by reducing their waste and energy at their work sites.

"We are very pleased to continue our partnership with National Park Trust through the support of the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest," said Gwen Migita, Vice President Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment Corporation. "The contest offers an engaging way to educate and empower elementary school students and our employees to reduce energy and waste consumption, which is a core focus of our corporate citizenship efforts."

Each week the schools will take on a new challenge related to reducing their carbon footprint. Parents and caregivers will likely benefit from this contest as well, in the form of lower utility costs since the students will have the opportunity to earn extra contest points if they transfer their energy and waste saving practices to their homes. Who will participate and win this contest? Stay tuned for more details this fall and the results in early 2015. And thank you to the Caesars Foundation for our continued partnership to cultivate environmental stewards!

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