• 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.
The Buddy

salazar_group.jpgThird-grade students from Potomac, MD's Bullis School love Mrs. Carolyn Cohen for the creative way she brings nature into the classroom and takes learning outdoors. Just last week, Mrs. Cohen received National Park Trust's (NPT) first national teacher award for Excellence in Environmental Stewardship—an award that has already been dubbed simply The Buddy.

Mrs. Cohen received The Buddy at the same event where NPT honored Secretary Salazar with the American Park Experience Award. When she accepted her award, Mrs. Cohen said, "Bringing a new awareness and respect to the great outdoors to our students has been a rewarding experience for all, and I'm proud to be a part of that effort. I recognize there are many teachers who are equally dedicated to this goal and I happily share this award with them."

Secretary Salazar later added that despite spending his days in Cabinet meetings and on the floor of Congress, "In my job, I always say the most inspiring thing I get to do is work with young people." He then applauded Mrs. Cohen and all of the Buddy Bison students for caring so deeply about our parks and natural resources.

Let's hear three cheers for Mrs. Cohen and all the teachers who work so hard to make exploring nature a priority!

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