• 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.

Hurry! Time is running out to enter our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest for a chance to win a park trip for your class. The contest is open to all schools in the country for grades pre-K through 12, until Monday, March 2nd. Classes can win up to $1,000 to use for a trip to a local, state, or national park to celebrate Kids to Parks Day during the month of May.

Last year, 43 schools were awarded park scholarships. In honor of the 5th year of Kids to Parks Day, we will be awarding scholarships to 50 schools. Click here for application details. Priority will be given to schools from under-served communities.

Kids to Parks Day will be celebrated nationwide on Saturday, May 16th. Officially in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! initiative, KTP Day encourages hundreds of thousands of kids to get outdoors and embrace healthier lifestyles.

Visit kidstoparks.org and check out the park events and free resources that are being added each week. Register and be counted and you could win our grand prize, a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera, to help you capture your park memories with loved ones.