• 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.

New Generation of Tortoise Hatchlings Released at Mojave National Preserve

NPTNews Mojave Hatchlings NPS June2016                                                                                                                                                                  Tortoise hatchling (photo courtesy of Jacob Daly).

Earlier this year, the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility at Mojave National Preserve (CA) released 48 desert tortoise hatchlings into the wild as part of its “head-start"program. Listed as threatened under the Endangered Species Act, the tortoise’s decline is due to road mortality, increased drought pressure, increased predation, and habitat loss.

Since its federal listing, there have been significant efforts to stabilize desert tortoise populations, but numbers are still low. Drs. Tracey Tuberville and Kurt Buhlmann(University of Georgia) and Dr. Brian Todd (University of California, Davis) are working to develop effective ways to protect hatchlings in order to give them a better chance at survival.

The research facility has been a partnership between Chevron Corporation, the National Park Service (NPS), and NPT. The 7-acre property and research facility were a part of a mitigation settlement. NPT has turned over management of the facility to NPS; however, Chevron provided NPT with $491,000 to support tortoise research. NPS and NPT will be working to secure additional funds to extend the research for another decade.

Click here to view a video on the Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility. To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Grace Lee at grace@parktrust.org.

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