• 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

    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.
Clay Buddy Bison creations drinking from a watering hole
A diorama of Buddy Bison in front of a water fall
A herd of clay Buddy Bisons
Diorama of Buddy Bison in Yellowstone National Park
Bullis student painting Buddy Bison she created from clay
Bullis student painting his Buddy Bison creation
Buddy Bison walking on a bridge under a rainbow - a diorama created by Bullis Third Grader
Bullis 3rd grader creating her Buddy Bison diorama
  • Clay Buddy Bison creations drinking from a watering hole
  • A diorama of Buddy Bison in front of a water fall
  • A herd of clay Buddy Bisons
  • Diorama of Buddy Bison in Yellowstone National Park
  • Bullis student painting Buddy Bison she created from clay
  • Bullis student painting his Buddy Bison creation
  • Buddy Bison walking on a bridge under a rainbow -  a diorama created by Bullis Third Grader
  • Bullis 3rd grader creating her Buddy Bison diorama