• Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video.​

    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.

John Rollins VentoPrimary interest is in entrepreneurship and fostering the formation and growth of new enterprises by students. Rollins taught the entrepreneurship course in the GW School of Business from 2001 to 2010. In 2008 he conceived and founded the GW Business Plan Competition which has grown significantly and is now among the top 10 largest university business plan competitions in the country. Rollins served on the GW School of Business Board of Advisors from 2000 to 2011 where he was Vice Chair from 2006 to 2011. He currently serves as an advisor to the GW Business Plan Competition.

In 2003 Rollins founded and served as Chairman of StreamCenter, Inc., an e-learning video production and streaming enterprise, where he was CEO from 2008 to 2010 when it was acquired by a national media firm. After founding AZTECH Software Corporation in the punch card era, Rollins served for 30 years as CEO and Chairman as the company reinvented itself five times and grew to be the largest software firm in the non-profit association space. He also serves on several national, regional, and community non-profit boards. These include the National Park Trust, Medstar Southern Maryland Hospital Center, and the Perry Street Prep Public Charter School.

Rollins earned his MBA at the Stanford Graduate School of Business and his bachelors at Dartmouth. He and his wife live in DC.

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