• 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.

open-book-symbol-mdResource Binder - The Toolkit gives educators lesson ideas and fun facts about our local, state and national parks, wildlife refuges, forests, monuments, and historical sites.



Musical - Use Buddy's musical to improve fluency, diction, and to inspire creative expression. It has been used as a reader's theatre or full production. Have the students design and make their on props and set.


icones 00298Buddy Bison's Google Map - Track him where ever he roams. Have your students email pictures and a short description to buddy@buddybison.org to have their adventure posted on Buddy's Map.


booksignBuddy Bison Stories - Buddy's stories are ready to be illustrated. Your students will have fun drawing his adventures and learning new vocabulary!


Buddy Bison Coloring Page - Color Buddy and take him with you on your next adventure


Activity Sheet - Need a quick rainy day activity? Why not learn about our parks and open spaces?

adventurebookimageBuddy Bison's Adventure Book - Need help planning an outdoor activity? This book will help you plan your next adventure. 


Buddy Bison's Buzz - Have your students write to Buddy about their adventure in a park or anything outdoors! Their work could be featured in the next Buddy Bison's Buzz and they could become national published authors! 

Only available in the Buddy Bison Toolkit:

Interested in becoming a Buddy Bison School? Contact Billy Schrack at william@parktrust.org or 301-279-7275 ext 17

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