• 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.


(Moss Point – March 13, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), is pleased to announce that Moss Point Kreole Primary students will participate in the Buddy Bison Environmental Education School Program. The program is unique in that it integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation. Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water.

"We are very grateful for our partnership with the Mississippi Power Foundation and the Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.", stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. The second-grade students from Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary will have a wonderful and memorable opportunity to enhance their school curricula by learning about their local ecosystems and native wildlife, and how their actions effect the well-being of plants and animals.

The Moss Point students will take part in the program at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge March 16 through 18. During this three-day period, 160 second-grade students and their teachers will participate in numerous activities including the crane boot camp and birding walk with assistance from Mississippi Power volunteers.

"This is a wonderful program that we hope will inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math and learn about the environment," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland.

Sixty schools across the country have engaged with the program, including three other schools in Mississippi: Moss Point Escatawpa Upper Elementary, Newton Elementary (Newton) and Forest Elementary (Forest) which joined the program during the 2013 and 2014 school years. This nationally recognized program focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.

About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our country's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.

Media Contact:
National Park Trust
Grace Lee
Executive Director
Office: 301-279-7275 x14
Email: grace@parktrust.org