• 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 Education Director.

The bloggers behind MomsLA, are sharing news about Kids to Parks Day events and tips on how to get your family moving outside. Take a look at some beautiful photos of our national parks and learn about events near you by visiting their blog

MomsLA is one of 55 bloggers working with NPT to promote Kids to Parks Day for the whole family. Visit their page to learn about how you can enter for a chance to win one of our prize packs containing one stuffed Buddy Bison mascot, two National Geographic Books (National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks and National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.), a CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle, a T-shirt, and an NPT Park Activity Guide. While you're at it, don't forget to visit our website and register for the chance to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera!

"Our best family moments have happened during hikes, on camping trips, or in National Parks. Not only are we getting exercise and breathing fresh air, but we're experiencing our family without the distractions of phones, tablets or computers. Spending time in parks has given our boys an appreciation of nature and a love of the outdoors that will stay with them forever," says blogger Yvonne Conde.