• 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.

Del Sur explorers admiring their state
flower-the California Golden Poppy!

What’s in that Scat?

Last week I roamed all the way to California, the Golden State to visit my 70 fifth-grade friends at Del Sur Elementary School. Together we traveled to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve where we explored this cool state park. Even though there weren’t a lot of poppies out due to the lack of rain this past winter, we still had a fabulous day learning in the Visitors Center and hiking with Ranger Jean where we learned about the native plants, the food chain and the unique Native American history of the park. We even played Project Wild games outside! 

Here is what Jacob said when he discovered scat during the hike: 

“I found a hollow bird bone, but I think it’s a feather. I found it inside dried up coyote poop!” 

WOW, that’s AWESOME! I am glad that he washed his hands before eating lunch! 

All the Del Sur students ended the day by receiving their own Buddy Bison to take on future park trips AND by being sworn in as Junior Rangers. Thank you to Ranger Jean and the wonderful park volunteers! 

And a huge Buddy Bison THANK YOU to First Solar for sponsoring such a memorable experience!

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