• 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.

Roger WrightA native New Englander, I grew up outside of Boston and received a Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from Tufts University. After completing three years of active duty service with the United States Coast Guard I received a Master’s Degree in Urban Planning from New York University. My early career included working in local government first as a Park Planner and an Urban Planner for San Diego County, CA and later as a Planner for Montgomery County, MD.

While I found much of the public sector work rewarding, I made a choice to try my hand in the private sector in commercial retail development. Over the next 35 years I have been fortunate to lead real estate and develop organizations in a number of well-known mid-Atlantic retail companies including the Hechinger Company, Genuardi’s Family Markets, Giant Food and Total Wine & More. Much of my focus was helping to create and implement strategic growth plans for these organizations which resulted in the development of hundreds of retail outlets. In addition to this retail experience I also spent 5 years as Director of Development for a private shopping center developer completing in excess of 2 million square feet of development in suburban Washington DC.

My wife, Marie, and I have lived in the Washington DC area for 39 years. Helping to raise our two children, I was very active in coaching and, as a family, we enjoyed hiking and camping in both our local parks and across the Country in our National Park System. Marie and I now divide our time between Northern Virginia and Cape Cod, MA when we are not visiting our daughter in Chicago or our son and his wife New York City. Given the enjoyment that I find in the outdoors my previous experience as a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Park Trust was both exciting and satisfying.

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