• Our mission is to preserve parks and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we launched in 2009 our Buddy Bison school program and in 2011 Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. Watch this video to learn more about our work and the impact of your support.

    Mapping our progress

    2014 ANNUAL REPORT

  • 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 Education Director.




Last year's Kids to Parks Day was a huge success!  We had over 400 cities and towns and 28 Governors that issued proclamations or letters of support for the day! Is your city or town on board? If not, send the proclamation to your local officials and encourage them to join us this year!

State

City or Town

Alabama

Fairlfield
Montgomery
Prattville
Tuscaloosa
Alaska  Anchorage
Sitka
Arkansas  Fort Smith
Lake Village
Colorado           Aurora
Centennial
Colorado Springs
Commerce City
Glendale
Grand Junction
Lakewood
Longmont
Loveland
Northglenn
Thornton
Connecticut     Bridgeport
Enfield
Hamden
Stamford
West Haven
Delaware Seaford 
District of Columbia Washington DC 
Florida                  Aventura 
Cape Canaveral
Clearwater
Fort Myers
Fort Lauderdale
Gainesville
Greenacres
Indian Harbour Beach
Lakeland
Lauderhill
Oak Hill
Orlando
Palm Bay
Pembroke Pines
Safety Harbor
Sarasota
Sunrise
West Park
Georgia        Augusta
College Park
Kennesaw
Lawrenceville
Lovejoy
Savannah
Sandy Springs
Warner Robbins
Hawaii Honolulu 
Iowa    Cedar Rapids 
Linn County
Marion
Sioux City
Indiana   Bluffton 
Richmond
Terra Haute
Maryland      Bowie 
Charlestown
Gaithersburg
Laurel
Mount Rainier
Rockville
Massachusetts    Agawam
Lowell
Revere
Waltham
Michigan  Dearborn 
Warren
Mississippi    Biloxi
Fayette
Starkville
Natchez
Nebraska York
North Carolina Asheville
North Dakota  Fargo 
Manden
Ohio        Canton 
Cleveland
Columbus
Granville
Johnstown
Kettering
Parma
Piqua
Pennsylvania    Allentown 
Columbia
Meadville
Scranton
South Dakota Watertown 
Tennessee  Franklin
Knox County
Utah West Jordan
Virginia  Roanoke
Shenendoah
West Virginia Dunbar
Wisconsin Waukesha