• 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.


Dear team,

As you know, as part of our new partnership with National Park Trust and their National Kids to Parks Day initiative, we are hosting a National Kids to Park Day Classroom Contest open to all local schools in our community.

Through the program, children will have the opportunity to explore the outdoors by visiting a local, state or national park to learn about sustainability, healthy living and the importance of protecting our public spaces. (PROPERTY NAME) is a proud partner of this event and we are asking you to help us reach out to your child’s school and offer this Classroom Contest to their teacher or principal. This contest is a great way for your child to win an exciting, memorable experience to our wonderful outdoor spaces for their class.

Please feel free to edit the Sample School Letter (attached) and send it to your child’s teacher or principal. If your child’s school submits a proposal, you will receive a free (XXX).

Each classroom can submit a proposal for a class trip to a local, state, or national park. More than one classroom per school can submit a proposal. The winners will receive funding to roll out their park experience during the week leading up to May 19, 2012, which is National Kids to Park Day. In addition, our HERO team will support students throughout the planning process and can even volunteer on the day of the event!

Please contact (XXX Contact) for more information about the Classroom Contest and how you can get involved.

Best Regards,


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