• 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 accomplishments thanks to your generous support!​

    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.

If you’ve been following our posts (and perhaps have our 2015 calendar in your office or kitchen), then you are already familiar with Chris Rief. (If not – we still have a few calendars left for sale on our website!) Chris is the guy behind some of those amazing images! Since 2009, Chris has volunteered by photographing Buddy Bison students in the Washington, D.C. area and North Carolina during their park adventures. He then donates his photographs for use by National Park Trust (NPT) in our mission to ensure everyone has an American park experience.  Aside from volunteering for NPT, Chris is manager of The North Face Store in Bethesda, MD and owner of Chris Rief Photography, LLC.

Consequently, because of his many hours of volunteerism the V.F. Corporation awarded NPT a grant of $1,000 through their foundation for future projects (The North Face is a brand under the V.F Corporation). Chris shares, “volunteering with National Park Trust is getting to witness first-hand the excitement and joy children express when exploring parks for the first time.”   Want to know more about the culture of philanthropy at V.F Corporation?

The VF Foundation 100 program annually honors the 100 associates throughout The North Face family who have accumulated the highest number of community service hours by donating $1,000 to each winner's qualified charity of choice. Chris chose NPT, thereby permitting 100 students to explore parks! Since the start of the VF 100 program in 2005, participants have contributed more than 160,000 hours of volunteer service, and VF has donated $600,000 to hundreds of non-profit organizations around the world.

Chris Rief is an award-winning photographer in the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan whose work has been exhibited throughout shows in North Carolina and Florida, as well as featured in several print and online publications.   However, you don’t have to possess Chris’s credentials to make a difference. See if your employer will match your donations to NPT to maximize the impact of your gift!