• 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.

Senator Susan M. Collins of Maine was awarded National Park Trust’s (NPT) Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award at a reception held yesterday at the Newseum in Washington, DC.  Established in 2000, the award honors the legacy of Congressman Bruce F. Vento (MN), a 12-term Member and former Chair of the Natural Resources Subcommittee on National Parks, Forest, and Public Land. As the Committee Chair, Vento passed more park legislation than any other previous chairman. Each recipient of the Vento Award has expanded the nation’s understanding of what it means to have a lifelong legacy and commitment to protecting America’s heritage.

NPT honored Senator Collins for her outstanding record in land conservation and environmental protection. She is responsible for preserving 10,000 acres of Stowe Mountain and Robinson Peak Lands, spearheading efforts in the Senate to protect air quality and introducing the Carbon Limits and Energy for America's Renewal (CLEAR) Act together with Senator Maria Cantwell.  NPT also applauded her work on the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies and for her proven track record over the years in establishing bipartisan relationships to achieve important environmental milestones. In addition, Senator Collins has supported forest roads, fish habitats, tax deductions for conservation easements, and discounted national park passes for veterans.

Sue Vento, NPT Board Member, presented the award, “It is clear that Senator Collins wants to live in a world in which we build and sustain strong communities, a world that embraces differences and then works to resolve rather than fuel them, and a world that treasures and preserves its natural resources.” In accepting the award, Senator Collins said, “Making the best idea even better requires a strong public/private partnership, and the National Park Trust is an invaluable partner...  I greatly appreciate the Trust for its work to preserve our nation’s history as well as its scenery. “ Insert photo file: Senator with Buddy

Other highlights of the evening included a video tribute to the Senator.  Two sixth grade students, Brianna Williams and Wrayzine Willouhby from KIPP DC WILL Academy, a Buddy Bison Partner School in Washington, DC, enchanted attendees with stories of their adventures with Buddy Bison, NPT’s wooly mascot and the cornerstone of the organization’s Youth to Parks programs. The students presented the Senator with a pint-sized Buddy Bison.  The Senator acknowledged “what a wonderful job” the students did speaking and was especially enthusiastic about receiving her own Buddy Bison.

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