• 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.
Special Luncheon and Forum to Honor
Senator Bob Graham, Recipient of
2005 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award
graham03_small"I am honored to be called 'the father of the Everglades.'  But part of the credit goes to groups like the National Park Trust. Every member of Congress should watch after their national parks, too. It is part of their duty and their legacy."
 - Bob Graham
Dear Friends,
 The National Park Trust (NPT) selected Senator Bob Graham to receive the 2005 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. This recognition is given annually by NPT to honor those in public service "...who have demonstrated a lifetime of distinguished skill, resourcefulness or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic resources for the legacy of America."
National Park Service Director Fran Mainella, Deputy Director Steve Martin and Members of Congress joined us to recognize Senator Graham.
Thursday, June 9, 2005
Reception and Luncheon: 11:30 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
Forum: 2:30 p.m. "People, Parks and Public Policy"
Phoenix Park Hotel phoenixparkhotel.com
520 No. Capitol Street, NW
Washington D.C. 20001                   
Senator Graham justly deserves recognition for a lifetime of commitment to parks. As Governor of Florida, he oversaw the greatest expansion of the state's outstanding park system. As U. S. Senator, Bob Graham masterminded the incomparable effort to protect and restore the Everglades ecosystem, including the parks and wildlife refuges. He was the co-sponsor of the legislation that established the first organic act for the National Wildlife System.    
Senator Graham joins other great leaders who have received the Vento Award, including Lowell Thomas, Jr., John Seiberling, Connie Morella, and John Lewis. NPT established the Vento Award to honor the memory and accomplishments of the late Congressman Bruce F Vento, who devoted his public career to protecting the environment.
The Luncheon and the presentation of the Vento Public Service Award to Senator Graham was held at the Phoenix Park Hotel on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. We were joined by members of Congress, government officials and business leaders who share a common concern for the long-term, responsible stewardship of the earth's natural resources.
This was a very special opportunity to honor a true giant of America's history.  We thank all supporters and participants for making it a great success.
Best Regards,
Paul C. Pritchard