• Our mission is to preserve parks and create park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, we have completed more than 100 park projects benefiting 49 national park units and other public lands in 33 states. Furthermore, to foster future park enthusiasts and stewards, we launched in 2009 our Buddy Bison school program and in 2011 Kids to Parks Day, our nationwide day of play. Watch this video to learn more about our work and the impact of your support.

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  • 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.




We gratefully acknowledge all of the sponsors and donors who support the work of National Park Trust. We want to especially recognize and thank the following leadership sponsors who make possible our mission to preserve parks today and create park stewards for tomorrow. To learn more about each sponsor's unique contribution, please click on their names below.

Land and Park Preservation

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Chevron

In 2011, Chevron partnered with NPT to oversee the management of the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility in the Mojave National Preserve in CA. Located on seven acres adjacent to the Preserve, the solar-powered facility and its outdoor dens are being used to hatch, study and protect the threatened desert tortoise. NPT reached an agreement with Chevron that would allow the Trust to manage the facility as interim steward while researchers from the University of California, Davis and the Savannah River Ecology Lab (GA) conducted their research on the tortoises and the National Park Service could take ownership of the facility. Chevron also has donated funds to NPT that are being used to fund tortoise research at the facility over several years. 

NIPSCO

nipscoIn 2013, NPT partnered with the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) and the National Park Service (NPS) to acquire two critical parcels of land which will expand the boundary of Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore near Gary, IN. NIPSCO provided the funding to acquire the properties and also helped facilitate the donation of an additional parcel. Ultimately, the land will be used to develop trails adjacent to the visitor center with wayside exhibits on restoration methods being used throughout the lakeshore. 

 

Youth Programs Sponsors

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Caesars Foundation

CaesarsFoundationNPT's partnership with Caesars Entertainment and Caesars Foundation began in 2010, when they provided critical resources to create Buddy Bison park experiences for under-served schools in Nevada and California. Since that time, Caesars has generously provided funding to engage new Buddy Bison partner schools in New Orleans, LA; Biloxi, MS; Valley Forge, PA; Council Bluffs, IA; North Kansas City, MO; and Atlantic City, NJ. In addition, Caesars has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day since 2011. As a sponsor, Caesars properties across the country have hosted events in their community that focused on conversation, outdoor recreation and health and wellness. In 2014, NPT and Caesars will launch a carbon reduction contest where students will be able to work alongside Caesars employees to take steps to reduce their carbon footprint in the classroom and at home. 

Georgia-Pacific

GeorgiaPacificThanks to generous funding from the Georgia-Pacific Foundation, one hundred 3rd-grade students from M. Agnes Jones Elementary in Atlanta, GA has joined our national Buddy Bison school program and learn about environmental science, park stewardship and so much more.

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First Solar

firstsolarIn 2012, over 100 students from California and Nevada, ranging from grades K-8 visited Mojave National Preserve and Joshua Tree National Park to learn about their unique desert ecosystems thanks to a generous grant from First Solar. More recently, First Solar Charitable Foundation has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day and provided critical grant funding to help students across the country create their own Kids to Parks Day events through our National School Contest.

Katten Muchin Rosenman LLP

katten muchin rosenman logoIn 2012, Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP "adopted" Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL and provided generous funding to enable the school's 5th grade students to participate in the Buddy Bison school program. Most recently, Pam Alexandroff, a fifth grade teacher at Jose de Diego was awarded NPT's teacher award, "The Buddy" for excellence in environmental education. In June 2014, Pam traveled from Chicago to join NPT at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception in Washington, D.C. thanks to a grant from Katten.

Pepco

Clark FoundationIn 2012, NPT welcomed Neval Thomas Elementary School in Washington, D.C. into the Buddy Bison school program and in 2013, Pepco provided an additional grant to enable students from Beacon Heights Elementary School in Riverdale, MD to participate in the program. Since that time, they have participated in a number of outdoor activities at parks in the D.C. area including canoeing on the Anacostia River.

Clark Charitable Foundation

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Since 2012, the Buddy Bison school program has impacted students from Washington Jesuit Academy thanks to a generous grant from The Clark Charitable Foundation. The school's 5-8th grade students have participated in dynamic environmental learning opportunities throughout Washington, D.C. including visits to Rock Creek Park, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration and canoe trips on the Anacostia River. 
 

The Rocksprings Foundation

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The Rocksprings Foundation has been a longtime supporter of National Park Trust's Youth Programs. In 2009, the Foundation provided lead funding to launch our Buddy Bison school program in Washington, D.C. Since that time, they have provided generous annual funding to enable students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD to visit an outdoor education center in Harpers Ferry, WV during their spring break. In addition, the Foundation has also provided funding to bring the Buddy Bison school program to St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD for the past four years.

SunTrust

 
SunTrust Bank helped NPT launch the Buddy Bison program at its first preschool in Washington, D.C. in 2012. Through this partnership, the children from Sunshine Early Learning Center have participated in a variety of outdoor experiences in their community thanks to this generous grant.

Prudential

 
Prudential Financial Inc. has a long history of commitment to providing financial resources to help develop communities and drive progress. Support is given to organizations dedicated to eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility through philanthropic grants, social investments and employee engagement.
Prudential will also be bringing a new school into the Buddy Bison School Program, the Fossil Charter School in Fossil, OR.

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Booz Allen Hamilton

Booz Allen Hamilton has been a lead sponsor of Kids to Parks Day since 2013 and has encouraged their employees to celebrate the day each May. Their employees have participated in a number of Kids to Parks Day events across the county and in 2014, volunteer teams in Colorado Springs, CO; Richmond, VA; and Washington, D.C. provided on-site support to park staff.

First Energy

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Wells Fargo Bank

Wells Fargo has been a long-time supporter of National Park Trust's youth education initiatives. Since 2011, they have awarded NPT with an annual grant to enable students from Jefferson Houston in Alexandria, VA participate in the Buddy Bison program.

 

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award Sponsors

The sponsors below were supporters of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. To learn more about the event, and if you may like to be a future sponsor, click here.

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Simmons Hanly Conroy

SHC Final Logo notag1Simmons Hanly Conroy  makes it a priority to give back to the people and communities they represent, and are one of the nation’s leading contributors to mesothelioma cancer research. The firm supports a wide variety of organizations and has been a lead sponsor of the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award reception for many years.


3M

3M Company and Foundation places a heavy emphasis on education, specifically promoting STEM, with many grants being used create hands on engineering projects for students.  3M has been a sponsor of NPT's Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2008, and again supported this year's event honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio.

Hunton & Williams LLP

HWLogoblackHunton & Williams, LLP gives back to the community through philanthropic donations and pro bono legal work, with more 225 national and regional philanthropic organizations and over 50,000 hours of pro bono legal work provided in 2012. Hunton & Williams has been supporting NPT through the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award since 2002, with all proceeds benefiting our park preservation and youth education programs.

Georgia-Pacific

GeorgiaPacificGeorgia-Pacific sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

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Boy Scouts of America

The Boy Scouts of America sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Guest Services, Inc.

guestservicesGuest Services sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

National Association of Realtors

The National Association of Realtors sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

NiSource

NiSource BlueNiSource sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

Prudential

Prudential Financial Inc. has a long history of commitment to providing financial resources to help develop communities and drive progress. Support is given to organizations dedicated to eliminating barriers to financial and social mobility through philanthropic grants, social investments and employee engagement. Prudential sponsored the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award honoring Senator Rob Portman of Ohio. All proceeds from the event benefit our youth education and park preservation programs.

For more information about National Park Trust sponsorship opportunities, please contact Executive Director, Grace Lee, at grace@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275 ext. 14.