• 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.

Willie Iles was named national director of Government and Community Relations, Boy Scouts of America, effective August 12, 2008. He is responsible for managing the functions and giving leadership as the liaison to the Chief Scout Executive of the Boy Scouts of America in working with the executive branch of the federal government and national community organization in the area of youth advocacy, environment awareness, work force preparedness, youth healthy living, education outreach and volunteerism. He works closely with the National Boy Scouts of America leadership team to coordinate the Report to the Nation, Report to the State, and national community organization initiatives in order to reconnect with families and youth in America. Since March 2002, he served as national group director, Development & Strategic Initiatives, giving leadership to the Marketing & Communication Division, Crisis Communications, Research Services, Scoutreach Division, Finance Support Division, National Scouting Museum, Legislative Affairs, and the Learning for Life program, an affiliate of the Boy Scouts of America.




Mr. Iles has been active in Scouting since his youth. He began his Scouting career in 1971 as a local council employee in Houston, Texas. While in Houston, he was promoted to Exploring executive in 1974, senior district executive/multiple person in 1977, district director in 1983, director of Exploring in 1984, field director in 1987, and director of field service in 1991. In 1995, he became Chief Executive Officer for the Southeast Louisiana Area Council in Metairie, Louisiana. In 1999, he joined the Southern Region as assistant regional director/operations. In 2001, he became the deputy regional director/operations, Southern Region, which comprises of 13 states and 95 councils. In January 2002, Mr. Iles joined the National Council of the Boy Scouts of America as the director of the Development & Strategic Initiatives Group before assuming his present assignment.




Activities and Affiliations


He is an active member of the Greater Dallas Chapter of 100 Black Men of America, Inc, White House Council on Boys to Men, American Marketing Association, Chicago, Illinois; advisory board member American Society of Association Executives, Washington, D.C.; member Council of Foundations, Washington, D.C.; member National Human Services Assembly, Washington, D.C.; member Independent Sector, Washington, D.C.; member Black History Makers, Chicago; advisory board member Frost Bank, Houston; member Coalition for Juvenile Justice; Life member NAACP; member Jack Yates Sr. High Alumni in Houston; and member Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church in Fort Worth, Texas.


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