• 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.




Registration for Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015 has begun for kids (and parents) of all ages.  Kids to Parks Day is a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators. This day is designed to encourage children, families, teachers, cities, towns, and parks to connect and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.  Why participate? How about the chance to win a FREE camera?!

By registering and letting us know where you plan to experience your Kids to Parks Day adventure, you have a chance to win a FREE Nikon COOLPIX L830! Register here.   As if the camera wasn’t enticement enough, to learn about the benefits of registering Kids to Parks Day

When you register you can explore our outdoor resources for families, teachers and park rangers – all free of charge.  You can even determine whether someone else in your neighborhood has planned to celebrate the day and use our activity guides to organize some fun, healthy activities.  If there is not already an existing event on that date, you can let others know you want to celebrate the day and find out whether the park has its own activities scheduled that day. Consider it your national play date!! 

Regardless of whether you win the camera or not, we encourage you to take pictures of how you spend your Kids to Parks Day.  If you send them to us through the website, we may select your photo to spotlight on our website or even our newsletters.  Visit us at kidstoparks.org to start planning your park experience.