• 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.

Spending the Day with the Kindergarten Flamingos from Beauvoir

Buddy and a friend from Beauvoir (Washington D.C.) collecting sticks and leaves.
Buddy and a friend from Beauvoir collecting sticks and leaves.

December 2011

This month, kindergarten students from BeauvoirNational Cathedral Elementary School in Washington D.C. brought me along on their field trip to Living Classrooms at Glen Echo. Afterwards they wrote a summary of our day! Here is what the Kindergarten Flamingos had to say:

"We learned all about animal architects, the animals that design and build their own homes. Buddy met a painted turtle, who digs a home with her sharp claws, and also a rose-haired tarantula who lives in a burrow but spins a special web."

"Then we took Buddy on a hike through the woods where we looked for animal homes. When we looked up, we saw several dreys (that’s a home for a squirrel made of leaves). We collected sticks, leaves, and other natural materials to create our own animal homes. Buddy loved visiting the homes we created. He thought they would keep him warm and dry!"

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