• We were honored to recognize Congresswoman Betty McCollum (Minnesota, 4th District) with the 16th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award on June 16th. Watch our video tribute here and learn more about our mission and programs.​
     

    Mapping our progress

    2015 ANNUAL IMPACT 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 Director of Youth Programs.

Dr. Ilona Holland holds an Ed.D. and Ed.M. from Harvard University's Graduate School of Education, a M.Ed from University of Delaware and a B.A. from Swarthmore College. Her specialized experience is with technology-based education and her previous work with technology projects for museums, businesses, schools, and the edu-tainment industry make her an invaluable ally in our mission to reconnect children across the country with the great outdoors.

Dr. Holland is a formative evaluator of educational technology-based programs including educational television shows like Parenting Works, Between the Lions and Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? and Wild Kratts and was an advisor for the Emmy Award-winning Word Girl on PBS. In addition, she was a vital contributor in writing Delaware's K-12 Educational Standards for both social studies and the arts. Most recently, she retired from her position as a Lecturer on Education at Harvard's Graduate School of Education where she taught for fourteen years.

Currently, she is spending most of her time writing for children. Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure is her first children's book.

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