• 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.

Morella to Receive Highest Conservation Award for Parks Efforts

Former Congresswoman honored by National Park Trust

Washington, DC - February 2003

morella1Former Congresswoman Connie Morella has been selected to receive the Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for her record of support for parks and conservation programs during her 16 years in the U.S. Congress.

"We could always count on Connie Morella. She has been a leader for parks and other concerns affecting the quality of life of Americans." said Paul Pritchard, president of the National Park Trust. "Ms Morella has been a strong spokesperson for the resources in her district such as the C & O Canal and the protection of the Potomac. When there were efforts to unravel laws protecting America's parklands and other areas of national concern, Congresswoman Morella was a leader in her party to protect our heritage."

"I was privileged to serve with Bruce in the Congress. I saw his commitment to the environment and his personal courage," said Connie Morella. "I am truly honored to be the recipient of the Vento Award for Public Service."

According to the League of Conservation Voter's National Environmental Scorecard, Connie Morella has a lifetime score of 89 percent, casting 185 pro-environment Scorecard votes in 208 opportunities, a record that ranks among the very best in Congress. In 2001, Morella's score was an exceptional 93 percent.

The Bruce F. Vento award will be presented to Ms. Morella at the annual meeting of the National Park Trust in Washington, D.C. The presentation will take place during the week-long celebration of Earth Day.


Thursday, April 24, 2003


Hyatt Regency Washington On Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award is given annually by NPT to an individual who has demonstrated outstanding service, discernment, courage, skill, resourcefulness, or innovation in the preservation of land, water or historic sites - the heritage of America. Past recipients of this award include Former Lt. Gov. Lowell Thomas, Jr., and former Congressman John F. Seiberling.

The National Park Trust is the private land conservancy dedicated to preserving and protecting America's parks, refuges, wildlife and historic monuments. The National Park Trust is the only private organization entrusted by Congress to own an national park unit and has helped complete more than a half dozen national parks across the country.

For more information contact:
National Park Trust (NPT)
(202) 548-0500

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