• 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.

Protecting the Dunes: Indiana Dunes Dedication

NPTNews Indian Dunes Dedication CH June2016                                                                                                                                                               NIPSCO's Ben Felton (V.P. of Power Delivery), NPS Superintendent Paul Labovitz (center), and NPT's Grace Lee (at podium) welcome students from Chicago. Protected land can be seen in the background.

Last month, NPT participated in the dedication ceremony at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to celebrate the land acquisition that will add 30 acres around the Visitor Centerto the national park. Local 4th graders from two Buddy Bison schools (Discovery Charter School and Hammond Elementary) as well as students visiting the park from Taylor University joined the dedication festivities.

Much of the property is forested wetland that will now be preserved as part of the National Lakeshore. The project was funded by Northern Indiana Public Service Company (NIPSCO)as part of a $1.5 M environmental enforcement consent decree. NPT acquired and currently holds title to the land which will be conveyed to the park this summer.

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