• 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.

As part of their CodeGreen initiative, to identify, monitor, measure, assess, manage and reduce material impacts on the environment, Caesars Entertainment and the Caesars Foundation sponsored our newest youth education program, the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest.

For 10 weeks, elementary school students from five different schools across the country participated in the contest. The students and teachers used the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Toolkit to take simple actions each week to reduce their energy and waste consumption. Using the Buddy Bison Report Card, they recorded their results and calculated the amount of greenhouse gas (GHG) that was prevented from being released into the air, and the amount of waste that was reduced by their actions. Some students extended their lessons and created their own bonus activities including first-place winner Nate Mack Elementary in Las Vegas. The students created their own store, Recycle Mart, repurposing materials into games, accessories, and gadgets (See photo left).

TerraPass, a sustainable services company that provides resources for companies and individuals to take responsibility for their climate impact, assisted NPT in the preparation of the toolkit materials and in analyzing the data using EPA standards, the GHG protocol, and additional metrics to determine the contest winners.

A total of 249 students in 9 classrooms reduced their GHG emissions by 10,328 lbs and prevented 7,782 lbs of waste from entering our landfills.

Gwen Migita, Vice President, Sustainability & Corporate Citizenship, Caesars Entertainment Corporation stated, "we are very pleased to learn how effective the Buddy Bison Carbon Reduction Contest has been in its inaugural year. Working with National Park Trust and our CodeGreen teams, elementary school students have learned lifelong lessons on how they as individuals -- and as a school community -- can make a significant impact on our environment by taking simple daily actions to reduce their energy and waste consumption, a priority in our corporate citizenship efforts."

All of the winners of the contest won a park scholarship to be used to celebrate Kids to Parks Day this May:
 1st Place: Nate Mack Elementary School (NV) – Penny Bichsel's 3rd graders;
 2nd Place: Chalmette Elementary School (LA) – Lauren Frazier's and Hanna Sherlock's 4th graders;
 3rd Place (tied): Roosevelt Elementary (IA) – Chris Boldt's 5th graders                                                                           Richmond Avenue School (NJ) – Yolanda Smith's 3rd graders;
 4th Place: Briarcliff Elementary School (MO) – Erin Nash's and Bob Dever's 3rd graders; and
 Honorable Mention: Chalmette Elementary School (LA) – Crystal Budde's 4th graders.

Congratulations to all of the winners and thank you Caesars for sponsoring this innovative program!

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