• 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.

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My name is Tigran Nahabedian and I am a fourth grader at Ojai Valley School in Ojai, California. Ojai Valley School teaches that "Time in the wilderness generates important lessons and skills." I learned the importance of exploring the wilderness and that’s why I like the Junior Ranger programs. They help guide my activities in the parks. I have completed 44 Junior Ranger programs so far and was the first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer at Channel Islands National Park. I am a volunteer at Channel Islands National Park as a Special Events Information Specialist, Division of Interpretation (It’s a really long title!). I helped the Park Service with the Find Your Park campaign and I represented the Let’s Move Outside program when Michelle Obama invited me to help plant the White House garden. One day, I want to be the Director of the National Park Service.

It is an honor to be the first student Buddy Bison Ambassador. I want to help support children who can’t afford to go to the National Parks by encouraging people to purchase a Buddy Bison. Going to the National Parks should be a right, not a privilege.

I think it is important for kids to go to parks because it helps them learn to appreciate nature. The National Parks are great places to see wild animals in their natural habitats. Some of my favorite animals I have seen are island foxes, bald eagles, bison, elk, dolphins, bears, and many more. Going to parks is great fun for you and your family. Exploring nature gives kids exercise so they will be healthy. Activities in the outdoors build confidence and teach perseverance. At Olympic National Park, I went on a long night hike and saw so many animals up close.

I like to take pictures with Buddy Bison outdoors because Buddy Bison loves adventure like I do.

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