• 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.

For Immediate Release: April 29, 2015

Contact: (Wyden) Hank Stern: 503-326-7539
(Portman) Caitlin Conant 202-224-5190
(Hirono) Regan Page 202-577-9184
(Booker) Monique Waters 202-224-8150
(Heinrich) Whitney Potter 202-228-1578

Wyden, Portman, Hirono, Booker and Heinrich Announce Kids to Parks Day

Resolution Kicks Off Summer Events to Encourage Children to Live Active Lifestyles

Washington, DC -- U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J. and Martin Heinrich, D-N.M. are joining together to promote active lifestyles for America's children by introducing a resolution to mark Kids to Parks Day.

Started in 2011 with the National Park Trust, the fifth annual Kids to Parks Day kicks off a summer-long series of events at local, state and national parks.

"Oregonians have a love of the outdoors imprinted in our DNA," Wyden said. "Regardless of age, Oregonians have so many parks to choose from that Kids to Parks Day will provide a fantastic opportunity for young and old alike to get outside."
"America's national parks are a cherished resource, and I was fortunate to visit Cleveland's Cuyahoga Valley National Park last year to learn more about the many park programs geared specifically towards kids," Portman stated. "I am proud to support the Kids to Parks Day Resolution because it's important that we encourage our kids to experience and enjoy the great outdoors."
"Parks provide a critically important venue for folks to explore the beautiful and unique ecosystems in Hawaii," Hirono said. "What better way to ensure our keiki are healthy and happy than to get them out in nature and into our parks? Between the 50 state parks and 7 National Parks in Hawaii, there is something for everyone to enjoy."
"All across the country, our parks are a national treasure and an incredible resource that all Americans should have the opportunity to enjoy," Booker said. "As Kids to Parks Day kicks off another summer of activity, education, relaxation, and exploration, we're proud to encourage the active celebration of America's great outdoors."

"Our public lands are uniquely American and offer endless opportunities for kids to explore, learn, and play," Heinrich said. "Whether it's walking to the local park down the street or hiking and camping in a national park, getting outside with our kids can inspire a lifelong connection to conservation, while reaping all of the health benefits that go along with an active lifestyle."

The fifth annual Kids to Parks Day will be Saturday, May 16, 2015. To find a list of events near you, go here.