• 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 work and celebrates the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award recipient, Senator Rob Portman (OH).

    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.




 Buddy Bison Seamstress

"I am a really good sewer and I guess Mrs. Cohen knew that too. I was just walking through the hall and then I saw Mrs. Cohen. She asked me if I could sew a Buddy Bison for her and she would take a picture of it and send it to the Buddy Bison website. I said yes.

When I got home I told my mom and dad about the project and they loved it. 

My mom started to find a sewing pattern for a bison. She found the pattern, but it took a few weeks to arrive.  When the sewing pattern finally came, me and mom found out what fabric we needed. So we went to the fabric store and got the fabric.
When we got home, we started to cut out the pieces. We noticed that some of the fabric was too stretchy, and stretchy fabric is really hard to sew. So my dad and I went back to the fabric store and got the right fabric.

Finally we got to sew and the sewing pattern was really hard, so my dad helped me a whole lot with the bison.

Then after we stitched our last stitch and sewed on our last button, we were finally done. 
So the next day I brought in the bison and showed Mrs. Cohen and she was so happy and I was happy too."

-Rachel 5th Grade