• Our mission is to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we created our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. This video summarizes our work and celebrates the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award recipient, Senator Rob Portman (OH).

    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 Education Director.



E.L. Haynes Students Write about National Park Visit

Some of us spend most of our time with Buddy Bison on trips to parks with our families. Emma, Lucy and Asher, E.L. Haynes Public Charter School students, had this to say about their summer family trip.

We went to Joshua Tree National Park this summer on our big trip across the country.  We took a lot of pictures with Buddy on the rocks.  We climbed over boulders and things like that.  My little brother, Asher, was acting like a little monkey.  –Emma

We had to drink lots of water to stay hydrated because it was at least 93 degrees there.  Me and my brother and twin sister got to climb a little ways up a little cliff.  My dad climbed almost all of the rocks we came to.  We love Joshua Tree and we almost forgot how hot it was once we saw all of the beautiful trees. –Lucy 

I climbed on top of a whole stack of boulders and I'm a little monkey.  My dad climbed really well too and my sisters, Emma and Lucy did too. –Asher

Anacostia River is Launching Point for a Week of Outdoor Fun

Buddy Bison’s friends from Wilderness Inquiry in Minnesota traveled with their canoes to provide an urban wilderness canoe adventure to kids who live near and along the Anacostia River in Washington, D.C. From Saturday November 13 to Thursday, November 18, students from Buddy Bisonschools KIPP D.C. WILL and KEY Academies (Washington, DC), Washington Latin Public Charter School (Washington, DC) , Jefferson Houston Elementary School(Alexandria, VA), Stokes School (Washington, DC), andE.L. Haynes Public Charter School (Washington, DC) took their woolly friend out on the river as they learned more about the Anacostia in five hand-made Voyageur canoes.

The week of canoe trips was designated as a Let’s Move Outside event by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let's Move initiative! Learn how you can move outside!