• 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.

Fifth grade students from Jefferson Elementary School in Pocatello, Idaho are going on a field trip this May! The school received one of fifty NPT park scholarships for outdoor education and will be traveling to Craters of the Moon National Monument in conjunction with their study of plate tectonics and the rock cycle. Watch KPVI News 6’s video coverage.

Jefferson Elementary School received their scholarship after fifth grade students wrote thoughtful responses to prompts asking how a field trip would help further their science education, and in turn, how they could help the park during their time there.

“A lot of these students wouldn't have the opportunity to go to Craters of the Moon. So many of them, you ask them, and they don't go too far away from Pocatello,” remarked Jason Winward, principal of Jefferson Elementary School.

See the other school contest winners here.

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