• 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.

Park:  Mojave National Preserve

Project Description:  This is a seven acre property with a newly constructed Desert Tortoise research facility that Chevron acquired and built as part of a mitigation settlement with the NPS.  Custody and management of the facility has been transferred to NPT under a lease from Chevron while the NPS completes due diligence work to transfer title to the property from Chevron to the NPS.  Chevron has additionally provided a restricted donation to NPT of $491,000.  NPT will disburse funds from this donation over the next 6 years to the NPS to cover operation and maintenance of the facility.  NPT will also be compensated from this donation for managing the facility and administering the donation.  NPT has made the facility immediately available for use by NPS approved researchers.  To date, 80 tortoise eggs have been hatched and 25-30 were released this past fall to document their survival rate.

Project Status:  The permanent transfer of the property to the NPS has occurred.  Management of the facility is now in NPS hands.  NPT, Mojave National Preserve, Chevron held a dedication event on September 5, 2014 at the Research Facility.  NPT continues to hold the funds from Chevron to support the first five years of research.  To date, funds for the first three years of work have been disbursed to the Mojave National Preserve.  

Contact: Dick Ring at: dick@parktrust.org , 240-476-0640

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