• 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.

National Park Trust (NPT) is looking for an Education Intern to support our Education Director in expanding and improving NPT’s signature education initiatives including the National Kids to Parks Day and the Where’s Buddy Bison Been?® school program.

About National Park Trust

For nearly 30 years, National Park Trust has remained at the forefront of our country’s efforts to enhance our system of national, state and local parks and has worked on over 200 land preservation projects. NPT has the unique opportunity to make park preservation projects into a thousand teachable moments, by preserving critical parklands and engaging our youth especially those that are underserved in park projects: building awareness and grassroots support, restoring trails, acquiring and preserving parklands and historic sites.

Responsibilities Include:

  • Coordination of national partner school program and activities 
  • Organization of project-based learning field trips
  • Development of environmental education materials and initiatives
  • Collect and collate educational research statistics to support Development Director
  • Support staff in outreach to government officials and national partners for National Kids to Parks Day 2013
  • Execute National Kids to Parks Day national school contest
  • Support in the maintenance of NPT’s youth website

Intern Qualifications:

  • Upperclassmen pursuing a bachelor's degree, recent graduates or students pursuing a master's degree in education and/or environmental studies.
  • Interest in environmental and education issues
  • Strong writing and research skills
  • Self-starter, flexible and able to manage multiple tasks
  • Proficiency in Microsoft Office
  • Effective interpersonal communication skills
  • Ability to work in a team or independently as needed
  • Creativity and openness to expressing new ideas
  • Excellent organizational skills 

Application Requirements:

This internship requires a commitment of 16-36 hours per week for 10-12 weeks, with a possible extension. Please specify the time period during which you seek to intern. We offer a friendly, informal and progressive work environment. This position is located in Rockville, MD.

To apply:
Please submit the following to Billy Schrack at william@parktrust.org

  • Cover letter explaining your interests, what you hope to gain, and what you can contribute during an internship with NPT 
  • Current resume
  • Professional or Educational References