• 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.

Successful Park and Recreation Month

July has been celebrated as Park and Recreation Month since 1985 to demonstrate the importance of local parks across the country. Spearheaded by the National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA), this year they asked America to share what they love about their local parks and recreation. This question hit home with park lovers everywhere. Even before July had started, pictures and stories were popping up everywhere with the hashtag #ParkRecLuv prominently showing each individual’s love of their parks and rec.

Throughout the month, NRPA encouraged park and recreation agencies and citizens alike to show the love by submitting photos, sharing stories and filling in the blank on a poster that read: “I love my Park and Recreation because____.” After 2,327 votes in their Facebook photo contest and #ParkRecLuv being used more than 800 times on social media, the love for parks and rec was felt around the country.

While July has ended, NRPA is already looking to next year’s Park and Recreation Month celebration. They want YOU to choose the 2014 theme. If you have a great idea, share it! It just might be what rallies America around local parks and rec in 2014. 

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