• 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.
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St. Ignatius group at WV cabin
St. Ignatius boys testing water quality on WV trip
St. Ignatius students testing water quality
St. Ignatius student with his Buddy testing water quality
St. Ignatius student testing water quality.
St. Ignatius buddies with their Buddy Bison in WV
St. Ignatius student decked out in a Buddy Bison tshirt with his Buddy
Buddy Bison and friend researching at the card catalog at Baltimore's Peabody Library
Buddy Bison and his buddy are happy to be at Baltimore's Peabody Library
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St. Ignatius students learn about Baltimore's Peabody Library
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  • St. Ignatius Buddy group crop 10.19.09
  • St. Ignatius Buddy 008
  • St. Ignatius Buddy 007
  • St. Ignatius group at WV cabin
  • St. Ignatius boys testing water quality on WV trip
  • St. Ignatius students testing water quality
  • St. Ignatius student with his Buddy testing water quality
  • St. Ignatius student testing water quality.
  • St. Ignatius buddies with their Buddy Bison in WV
  • St. Ignatius student decked out in a Buddy Bison tshirt with his Buddy
  • Buddy Bison and friend researching at the card catalog at Baltimore's Peabody Library
  • Buddy Bison and his buddy are happy to be at Baltimore's Peabody Library
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  • St. Ignatius students learn about Baltimore's Peabody Library
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  • MtVernonAcademy10.09
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