• 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 National Park Trust (NPT) is a trusted partner in identifying and undertaking conservation and environmental restoration projects on national park and other public lands that mitigate harm caused by violation of environmental laws such as the Clean Water Act or the Clean Air Act or the impacts of other permitted activities.

Recent examples of projects that NPT has undertaken include the acquisition and donation to the National Park Service (NPS) of 35 acres of critical land contiguous to Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore in partnership with the Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO) as part of a consent decree settling Clean Air Act violations. Read More

NPT has also recently partnered with the Chevron Corporation in assuming management of a seven acre Desert Tortoise Research Facility that was acquired and built at Mojave National Preserve in mitigation of the impacts of permitted activity on public lands in the California desert. NPT managed the facility until it could be transferred to the NPS, and is providing funds for the research operations at the facility for first 5 years. Read More

NPT welcomes opportunities to work with corporate and public agency partners to identify and accomplish similar projects that help to protect parks and other public conservation lands.

For more information, contact NPT Park Projects Director, Dick Ring at Dick@parktrust.org or at 240-476-0640.

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