• 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

    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 Director of Youth Programs.

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Colorado

Buddy in Gateway
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Chase and Buddy stop for a look at Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
Chase and Buddy on the bridge over the Colorado River in Moab, Utah.
East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
Friends with Buddy in White River National Forest near Aspen
Friends with Buddy in White River National Forest near Aspen
Beautiful scenery in Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado
Having fun hiking with Daddy and Buddy in Roxborough State Park, CO
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Buddy on bicycle seat in National Forest at Ashcroft, CO
National Forest at Ashcroft, CO
Executive Director Grace Lee, and Buddy at City Park!
Buddy looking beyond the distance...
Pat Sterner and Buddy Bison
Whie River National Forest
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Northglenn, Colorado
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  • Chase and Buddy stop for a look at Longs Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park.
  • Chase and Buddy on the bridge over the Colorado River in Moab, Utah.
  • East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
  • East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
  • East Boulder Community Park in Boulder, CO
  • Friends with Buddy in White River National Forest near Aspen
  • Friends with Buddy in White River National Forest near Aspen
  • Beautiful scenery in Roxborough State Park in Littleton, Colorado
  • Having fun hiking with Daddy and Buddy in Roxborough State Park, CO
  • Smile!
  • Buddy on bicycle seat in National Forest at Ashcroft, CO
  • National Forest at Ashcroft, CO
  • Executive Director Grace Lee, and Buddy at City Park!
  • Buddy looking beyond the distance...
  • Pat Sterner and Buddy Bison
  • Whie River National Forest
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    Montana

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    Buddy Bison shops for beads at a rock shop in West Yellowstone, MT— with Bayle Shanks.
    Buddy Bison enjoying the view at Glacier National Park.
    Jeff from Granger Ranches with Buddy
    Buddy Bison down in The O'Dell Creek Restoration Project area.
    Jeff from Granger Ranches with Buddy in Montana.
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  • Buddy Bison shops for beads at a rock shop in West Yellowstone, MT— with Bayle Shanks.
  • Buddy Bison enjoying the view at Glacier National Park.
  • Jeff from Granger Ranches with Buddy
  • Buddy Bison down in The O'Dell Creek Restoration Project area.
  • Jeff from Granger Ranches with Buddy in Montana.
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    Wyoming

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    Buddy and friends at Yellowstone National Park
    Buddy riding a truck
    Buddy at Firehole Lake
    Buddy and friend at Old Faithful
    Buddy and friend watching Old Faithful erupt
    Buddy and friends at Yellowstone Falls
    Buddy and friend at Yellowstone National Park
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    Buddy Bison in the Grand Tetons, WY
    Buddy Bison rides the Teton Village Aerial Tram up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain in the Grand Tetons (WY)
    Buddy Bison sees bison tracks in the water next to the Grand Prismatic Spring...he didn't step off the boardwalks, he swears!
    Buddy Bison at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
    Buddy Bison at Mud Volcano in Yellowstone National Park
    Buddy Bison at Dragon's Mouth Spring in Yellowstone National Park
    Buddy Bison sneaks up on another herd of bison in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park
    Buddy Bison watches a far off herd of his cousins in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park
    Buddy Bison with a petrified tree in Yellowstone National Park.
    Buddy Bison and the Artist Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park.
    Buddy Bison next to an unnamed rainbow geothermal thingie by the side of the road in Yellowstone.
    Buddy Bison waiting for Old Faithful to erupt in Yellowstone National Park.
    Buddy Bison and friend at the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone
    Buddy Bison and friend at Yellowstone National Park
    Grand Teton NP
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  • Buddy and friends at Yellowstone National Park
  • Buddy riding a truck
  • Buddy at Firehole Lake
  • Buddy and friend at Old Faithful
  • Buddy and friend watching Old Faithful erupt
  • Buddy and friends at Yellowstone Falls
  • Buddy and friend at Yellowstone National Park
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  • Buddy Bison in the Grand Tetons, WY
  • Buddy Bison rides the Teton Village Aerial Tram up to the top of Rendezvous Mountain in the Grand Tetons (WY)
  • Buddy Bison sees bison tracks in the water next to the Grand Prismatic Spring...he didn't step off the boardwalks, he swears!
  • Buddy Bison at the Grand Prismatic Spring in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Buddy Bison at Mud Volcano in Yellowstone National Park
  • Buddy Bison at Dragon's Mouth Spring in Yellowstone National Park
  • Buddy Bison sneaks up on another herd of bison in the Lamar Valley of Yellowstone National Park
  • Buddy Bison watches a far off herd of his cousins in the Lamar Valley in Yellowstone National Park
  • Buddy Bison with a petrified tree in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Buddy Bison and the Artist Paint Pots in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Buddy Bison next to an unnamed rainbow geothermal thingie by the side of the road in Yellowstone.
  • Buddy Bison  waiting for Old Faithful to erupt in Yellowstone National Park.
  • Buddy Bison and friend at the Lower Falls of the Grand Canyon in Yellowstone
  • Buddy Bison and friend at Yellowstone National Park
  • Grand Teton NP
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