• 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.




Ed Holland is executive vice president external affairs, general counsel and corporate secretary for Southern Company, one of America’s largest producers of electricity. He also serves as the company’s chief compliance officer. Prior to assuming his current position in May 2001, he was president and chief executive officer of Savannah Electric from July 1997 – April 2001. (Savannah Electric was merged into Georgia Power in July, 2007.)

Mr. Holland joined Southern Company subsidiary Gulf Power in 1992, as vice president and corporate counsel, and served concurrently as Southern Company system compliance officer until 1995. He then was named Gulf Power’s vice president of Power Generation/Transmission, a position he held along with corporate counsel until 1997. Prior to joining Gulf Power, Mr. Holland was a partner in the law firm of Beggs & Lane, where he served as general counsel to Gulf Power.

Born in Rutherfordton, N.C., Mr. Holland received a bachelor’s degree in political science from Auburn University and earned a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law. He is a member of the boards of directors of First Chatham Bank Financial Corporation, Georgia Appleseed, Georgia Aquarium, and Southern Golf Association.

Mr. Holland currently chairs the Edison Electric Institute Legal Committee and is a member of the association’s Electricity Committee of the Public Utility, Communications and Transportation Law Section of the American Bar Association.