• 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 Director of Youth Programs.


Below is very small sample of over 250 events hosted across the nation on National Kids to Parks (KTP) Day 2013.

Host your own event this year or consider designating an already planned activity as your KTP event.
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Oil Creek State Park, PA

Children participated in Geocaching, Guided Nature Walk, Flay Fishing and Bait Fishing. Special guest appearances by Smokey Bear and McCool's Wildlife Services. Participants also experienced birds nests and eggs, little brown bats, toads and tadpoles and numerous wildflowers. All in all, the purpose of getting kids out and into the park was definitely achieved at Oil Creek State Park and plans are already underway for next years events.

 Alton, IL

City residents participated in a city wide beautification project. Residents of Alton had the opportunity to give back to their local parks by picking up litter from main sidewalks and parks. This opportunity allowed residents to build a stronger bond with their city by encouraging them to invest time into cleaning up their local parks.

 Volcanoes National Park, HI

Residents targeted areas in the park that required the removal of the invasive ginger and helped plant native seedling trees. Residents of all ages came out with their families to learn more about the park's native forest restoration efforts.

Whitney, TX

The US Army Corps of Engineers Park Rangers and volunteers hosted the Kid Fish Day on May 19, 2012. The event took place from 9am-12pm at Lofer's Bend Day Use Park at Whitney Lake. In addition The Army Corps of Engineers hosted educational instructions about proper fishing.

 Laurel, MD

The Granville Gude Park hosted a free annual Lakefest for the entire family. The Lakefest Kick-off events at the park included games, hayrides, moon bounces, paddle boating, arts and crafts, dance demos, and face painting.

 Jackson, MS

 In celebration of National Kids to Parks Day, residents enjoyed a picnic and an outdoor movie at Liberty Garden Park. In addition the Cypress Grove Nature Park hosted a birds of prey program featuring eagles, hawks and owls. The program allowed attendees the opportunity to learn about local wildlife.

 Cub Run, KY

The Nolin River Lake Visitor Center offered canoe or kayak trips from Dog Creek Boat Ramp up Dog Creek branch and back. The trip down the river allowed residents an experience to view the beautiful area on the lake. After the paddle, the city hosted an informal cookout, games, and music at the Dog Creek Recreation Area.