• 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.





(Moss Point – March 13, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), is pleased to announce that Moss Point Kreole Primary students will participate in the Buddy Bison Environmental Education School Program. The program is unique in that it integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation. Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water.

"We are very grateful for our partnership with the Mississippi Power Foundation and the Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.", stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. The second-grade students from Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary will have a wonderful and memorable opportunity to enhance their school curricula by learning about their local ecosystems and native wildlife, and how their actions effect the well-being of plants and animals.

The Moss Point students will take part in the program at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge March 16 through 18. During this three-day period, 160 second-grade students and their teachers will participate in numerous activities including the crane boot camp and birding walk with assistance from Mississippi Power volunteers.

"This is a wonderful program that we hope will inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math and learn about the environment," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland.

Sixty schools across the country have engaged with the program, including three other schools in Mississippi: Moss Point Escatawpa Upper Elementary, Newton Elementary (Newton) and Forest Elementary (Forest) which joined the program during the 2013 and 2014 school years. This nationally recognized program focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.

About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our country's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.

Media Contact:
National Park Trust
Grace Lee
Executive Director
Office: 301-279-7275 x14
Email: grace@parktrust.org

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

National Park Trust to Honor Senator Rob Portman (Ohio) at
2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award Event in Washington, D.C.

Washington, D.C. (March 17, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT) is very pleased to announce that Ohio Senator Rob Portman will receive the 2015 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award. The award will be presented to the Senator at a reception at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on June 16, 2015. Senator Portman serves on the Finance Committee, is chairman of the Subcommittee on Fiscal Responsibility and Economic Growth; the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources and is chairman of the Subcommittee on National Parks; the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs; as well as on the Budget Committee.

"America's national parks are a cherished resource, and I am proud to receive this award," Portman said. "We're fortunate to have many national parks in Ohio with wonderful park programs, and I look forward to continuing my work to protect and maintain them."

NPT will recognize Senator Portman for his outstanding record as an advocate for our national parks. His numerous accomplishments include his work as the Director of the Office of Management and Budget under President George W. Bush, which was instrumental in creating the president's signature National Parks Centennial Initiative, his long term efforts to address high priority issues that face our national parks including the backlog of deferred maintenance projects, and his passionate support of one of the most highly visited national parks, Cuyahoga Valley National Park.

Furthermore, Senator Portman's introduction of the Senate Resolution, along with Senator Mark Udall and Senator Ron Wyden, proclaiming May 17, 2014 as Kids to Parks Day played an important role in the record increase in participation in the event nationwide.

According to NPT Board Chair Bill Brownell, "Senator Portman's work in Washington, D.C. and at home in Ohio, demonstrates his continued commitment to legislation and other actions that will not only preserve our nation's parks today, but also ensure their continued enjoyment by future generations. By ensuring that public lands are protected and available for use by everyone, regardless of their age, ethnicity or income level, Senator Portman is helping to create the next generation of conservationists and improve the lives of countless children and their families."

NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America's parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Senator Ron Wyden, Congressman Mike Simpson, Senator Mark Udall, Senator Susan Collins, Senator Jeff Bingaman, Senator John McCain, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Congressman George Miller, and Senator Harry Reid. All proceeds from the event benefit NPT's park preservation and youth education initiatives.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT is building a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. More details about NPT's programs and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org.

Press Contact: Grace Lee, NPT Executive Director at grace@parktrust.org or 301-706-3407.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 19, 2015

President Obama to get 4th graders across America outdoors; initiative dovetails with NPT’s Kids to Parks Day, May 16, 2015

Washington, DC—President Obama today launched the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative, providing all fourth-grade students and their families with free admission to National Parks and other federal lands and water for a full year. National Park Trust applauds this initiative as it is perfectly aligned with its mission to ‘preserve parks today and create parks stewards for tomorrow.’

“NPT is confident that the ‘Every Kid in a Park’ initiative will encourage an unprecedented number of kids and families to sign up for Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015. Providing free access to parks and an opportunity to apply for transportation funding will take away the biggest barrier of access to parks for families and schools,” said Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust. “This is an important initiative and a perfect way to prepare for the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service in 2016.”

Five years ago, National Park Trust launched Kids to Parks Day, a national day of play that takes place the Saturday before Memorial Day every year. Last year, all 50 states and Washington, D.C. participated in Kids to Parks Day. NPT’s website, www.parktrust.org, will list all participating park events across the country and provides free downloadable activity guides for families to use year-round. NPT anticipates that more than 1,500 park events will be hosted across the country.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT is building a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. To learn more about our work visit www.parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

pam buddy

National Park Trust is very pleased to once again recognize one of our outstanding teachers for their dedication, creativity, and hard work to connect their students with our parks and public lands. This year "The Buddy" National Teacher Award for Excellence in Environmental Education was awarded to Pam Alexandroff, a fifth-grade teacher from Jose de Diego Community Academy in Chicago, IL. Pam has explored the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore (IN) and Hal Tyrell Trailside Museum (IL) with her students, exposing them to an entirely different world near their community. She has worked to bring parks into her classroom through naturalist and ranger visits and also through her daily lesson plans. In the photo above, Pam (center) is pictured with Dick Ring, NPT's park projects director and Alice Vera, the school principal.

Our "hooves off" to Pam! And a HUGE Buddy Bison thanks to Katten Muchin Rosenman, LLP who generously sponsor Jose de Diego Community Academy each year. They also provided the wonderful resources so Pam and her daughter Alexandra could travel from Chicago to DC and be recognized by Senator Ron Wyden (OR) and all of our guests at the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award event on June 11. Hear her comments from that evening.

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Washington, D.C. (June 13, 2014) – National Park Trust (NPT) awarded Senator Ron Wyden (OR) the 2014 Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at its annual event held at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. Sen. Wyden was recently named chairman of the Senate Finance Committee and previously served as chair of the Senate Committee on Energy and Natural Resources.


NPT recognized Sen. Wyden for his outstanding record in park preservation and environmental stewardship, and for his ability to create bipartisan solutions. According to NPT, one of his greatest accomplishments in recent years was his leadership on the Omnibus Public Land Management Act. This Act protected over 150,000 acres of land in Oregon, and created new wilderness for future generations to enjoy. Sen. Wyden has also been a steadfast supporter of the Land and Water Conservation Fund, continuously pushing legislation that would guarantee full funding. In addition, he co-sponsored a Senate Resolution officially recognizing NPT’s Kids to Parks Day in May 2013 and May of 2014.

 

“Preserving Oregon’s special places has been near the top of my agenda ever since I was elected to Congress, not only because it helps the environment but also because outdoor recreation creates a lot of jobs in our part of the world. National parks are a resource that everyone can enjoy, so this award from the National Park Trust is truly an honor,” said Sen. Ron Wyden.

 

“I am so delighted that NPT is honoring Senator Ron Wyden with the Vento Award.  I know that Bruce would be delighted as well.  Senator Wyden’s commitment to preserving our nation’s treasured national parks and environment and providing opportunities for all citizens- especially children – to experience our national parks makes him a public servant who truly deserves NPT’s recognition,” said Sue Vento, NPT Leadership Council.

 

NPT also announced that two new schools in Oregon will participate in its Buddy Bison education program: Boise-Eliot/Humboldt in Portland and Fossil Charter School in Fossil.  Emerson Electric is underwriting the program in Fossil, OR and Prudential is underwriting the program in Portland, OR.

 

NPT established the Vento Award in 2000 to honor the memory and legacy of Bruce F. Vento, a twelve-term Congressman from Minnesota, dedicated environmentalist and a champion of legislation for America’s parks. The Award honors a public servant for his or her commitment to the environment, and his service, skill and innovation in support of our public lands. Past recipients include Sen. John McCain, Rep. Mike Simpson, Sen. Mark Udall, Sen. Susan Collins, Sen. Jeff Bingaman, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rep. George Miller, and Sen. Harry Reid.

 

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.  As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country’s public lands and parks. More details about NPT’s programs and this award can be found at www.parktrust.org .

 

Press Contact: Grace Lee at grace@parktrust.org or Shana Newman Fajardo at shana@parktrust.org301-279-7275.

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