• 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.

    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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Photos

Adventures

March 2013

First Solar Visit

28537496_MKmwFr-4 As soon as we arrived at First Solar Tiffany Gray and Cheri Parco got the kids healthy snacks of apples, carrots, pretzels and water. Next, Chuck Anderson, the safety manager, provided a great safety introduction, indoor and outdoor glasses, and First Solar safety wristbands. Nathan Rudolph, a construction manager, took the kids on a tour, answering dozens of questions and having fun with the kids. Lehong Chow, the lead biologist, took the students to see the Welcome Garden and let them play with lizards and a small shovel-nosed snake. They were thrilled, and even remembered Lehong from her visit to school. Ashley Hudgens, the community liaison,  gave the kids a presentation on energy, worked through the worksheets with them, and let them color. The young ones got to go out on the balcony to play with tiny solar cars. Drew Metzger got photos throughout the visit.

 


 

October 2012

Joshua Tree Happenings with Our New Buddy Bison School

At the end of October, I had a chance to catch some sun while exploring Joshua Tree National Park in California with my friends from Eagle Mountain School (CA). With the help of volunteers from First Solar, they spent the day exploring and learning about the importance of our desert parks.

At Joshua Tree National Park, the kids visited White Tank which is home to many stone landscapes. They hiked through rocky trails and learned how the boulders were created by thousands of years of wind and rain! Fun fact: Despite having little rain, the Mojave Desert parks are filled with over 750 species of plants! A big thank you to Rangers Lorna and Caryn for guiding the students and First Solar for sponsoring these three new Buddy Bison schools.