• 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.




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Arizona

Coyote Canyon Elementary School

California

Baker Elementary
Del Sur Elementary
Eagle Mountain School
Stephen Foster Elementary School
Sierra House Elementary

District of Columbia

Beauvoir, The National Cathedral Elementary School
Brent Elementary School
Capital City Public Charter School
E.L. Haynes Public Charter School
Kipp DC: Will Academy
National Presbyterian School
Neval Thomas Elementary School
Phoebe Hearst Elementary School
Potomac Lighthouse Public Charter School
The Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School
Sunshine Early Childhood Learning Center
Washington Jesuit Acadamy
Washington Latin Public Charter School
Washington Middle School for Girls

Georgia

Fair Oaks Elementary School
Hollydale Elementary School

Illinois

Jose de Diego Community Academy

Indiana

Charter School of the Dunes
Discovery Charter School
South Central Elementary School

Iowa

Longfellow Elementary School

Louisiana

Abramson Elementary School
Chalmette Elementary School
Joseph Craig Elementary School

Maryland

Bullis School
Deerfield Run Elementary School
Harmony Hills Elementary School
St. Andrews Episcopal School
Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy
Timonium Elementary School
Beacon Heights Elementary School

Mississippi

Forest Elementary School
Gorenflo Elementary School
Moss Point Elementary School
Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary
Newton Elementary School

Missouri

Briarcliff Elementary School
Winnwood Elementary

Nevada

Arturo Cambeiro
Bennett Elementary
Nate Mack Elementary School
Robert Lunt
Sandy Valley Elementary
Walter V. Long Elementary

New Jersey

Richmond Avenue School

New York

Brooklyn Jesuit School
St. Ignatius, Bronx School

North Carolina

Central Park School for Children

Oregon

Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School
Fossil School

Pennsylvania

Chester Community Charter School

Texas

Manara Academy

Virginia

Bucknell Elementary School
Jefferson Houston Elementary School
Lynbook Elementary School