• 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

    2015 ANNUAL IMPACT REPORT


  • 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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Alabama

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Buddy Bison and friend at Sandy Point State Park Marina, MD
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  • Chase and Buddy visited Tuskegee, Alabama
  • Buddy Bison and friend at Sandy Point State Park Marina, MD
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    Florida

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    Chase Destin Beach, FL
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    Buddy Spending a Day the Beach in South Florida
    Buddy Bison at Gulfstream Park in Florida
    Buddy Bison and friend visiting sea turtles in recovery at the Marine Life Center in Loggerhead Beach State Park
    Buddy at Loxahatchee NWR Butterfly Garden in FL
    Fort Zachary Taylor HSP
    Buddy Bison at Disneyland
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  • Buddy On The Phone
  • Buddy Pumps Water
  • Buddy Bison and Pluto
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  • Natural Tunnel State Park, VA
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  • Chase Destin Beach, FL
  • Chase Niceville FL
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  • I had a wonderful time with Mr. and Mrs. Cohen at Fort Desoto Park. The beach was sugary white and so soft when I put my feet in it. I also saw lots of different types of birds. They seemed a little confused about who I was, but didn't bother me.
  • Buddy Spending a Day the Beach in South Florida
  • Buddy Bison at Gulfstream Park in Florida
  • Buddy Bison and friend visiting sea turtles in recovery at the Marine Life Center in Loggerhead Beach State Park
  • Buddy at Loxahatchee NWR Butterfly Garden in FL
  • Fort Zachary Taylor HSP
  • Buddy Bison at Disneyland
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    Georgia

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    Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
    Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
    Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
    Chase and Buddy crossing the suspension bridge at Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Georgia
    Chase and Buddy at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, Georgia.
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    Andersonville National Cemetery
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    Kennesaw Mountain NBP
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  • Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
  • Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
  • Sandy Springs, GA Kids to Parks 2012
  • Chase and Buddy crossing the suspension bridge at Rock City, Lookout Mountain, Georgia
  • Chase and Buddy at Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park near Pine Mountain, Georgia.
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  • Andersonville National Cemetery
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  • Kennesaw Mountain NBP
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    Kentucky

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  • Mammoth Cave NP
  • Land Between the Lakes NRA with BB
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  • Buddy and Taylor
  • Buddy and Taylor
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    Louisiana

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    Cane River Creole National Historical Park
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    Mississippi

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    Wall Doxey State Park, Mississippi
    Wall Doxey State Park, Mississippi
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  • Pecan Park Elementary
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  • Wall Doxey State Park, Mississippi
  • Wall Doxey State Park, Mississippi
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    North Carolina

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    Buddy and friends at Kitty Hawk, NC
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    Environment Science student, Brian, with his Buddy at Duke in NC 12.15.09
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    South Carolina

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    Tennessee

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    Buddy at GSMNP
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    Chase and Buddy walking down the Mississippi at the River Walk on Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee
    Chase, Buddy, and Ainsley on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Franklin, Tennessee
    Chase and Buddy Bison at Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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    Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
    Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
    Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
    Buddy Bison in a cannon at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN.
    Buddy Bison and friend at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN.
    Buddy Bison at Natchez Trace Parkway
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    Buddy and Taylor
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  • Buddy at GSMNP
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  • Chase and Buddy walking down the Mississippi at the River Walk on Mud Island in Memphis, Tennessee
  • Chase, Buddy, and Ainsley on the Natchez Trace Parkway near Franklin, Tennessee
  • Chase and Buddy Bison at Stones River National Battlefield, Murfreesboro, Tennessee
  • Memphis Buddy Bison-Graceland
  • Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
  • Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
  • Buddy Bison and Park Ranger at Fort Loudoun, TN
  • Buddy Bison in a cannon at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Buddy Bison and friend at Stones River National Battlefield in Murfreesboro, TN.
  • Buddy Bison at Natchez Trace Parkway
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  • Buddy and Taylor
  • Buddy and Taylor
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    Virginia

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    Winston at Great Falls
    Winston at Great Falls
    Winston at Great Falls
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    Wolf Trap National Park
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    Meadowlark Gardens
    Meadowlark Gardens
    Meadowlark Gardens
    Meadowlark Gardens
    Meadowlark Gardens
    Buddy Bison and Friend, Parker, on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, VA
    Buddy Bison and friend at George Washington's Birthplace, VA.
    Buddy Bison and friend visiting the visitor's center at Tom's Cove, in Chincoteague National Wildlife, and learning about the local ocean creatures.
    Buddy Bison and friend at Assateague National Seashore, VA
    Buddy at Doyle River Falls in Shenandoah National Park
    Evelyn Tessa & Buddy celebrate becoming Jr Rangers at Jamestown
    Buddy plans visit at Jamestown
    Buddy & turtle at Jamestown
    Buddy & friends at Historic Jamestowne NP
    Evelyn and Buddy at the Chincoteague NWR in VA
    Buddy and friend, Sam, enjoy Assateague beach VA
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    New River Trail State Park, VA
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    Caledon State Park, VA
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  • Elydale Elementary
  • Elydale Elementary
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  • Winston at Great Falls
  • Winston at Great Falls
  • Winston at Great Falls
  • Wolf Trap National Park
  • Wolf Trap National Park
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Meadowlark Gardens
  • Buddy Bison and Friend, Parker, on the Appalachian Trail in Shenandoah National Park, VA
  • Buddy Bison and friend at George Washington's Birthplace, VA.
  • Buddy Bison and friend visiting the visitor's center at Tom's Cove, in Chincoteague National Wildlife, and learning about the local ocean creatures.
  • Buddy Bison and friend at Assateague National Seashore, VA
  • Buddy at Doyle River Falls in Shenandoah National Park
  • Evelyn Tessa & Buddy celebrate becoming Jr Rangers at Jamestown
  • Buddy plans visit at Jamestown
  • Buddy & turtle at Jamestown
  • Buddy & friends at Historic Jamestowne NP
  • Evelyn and Buddy at the Chincoteague NWR in VA
  • Buddy and friend, Sam, enjoy Assateague beach VA
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  • New River Trail State Park, VA
  • Buddy Bison at Shenandoah NP
  • Buddy at Prince William National Forest Park
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  • Caledon State Park, VA
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    West Virginia

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    Aslan, Fabricio and Herminia at the C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry, WV
    Buddy and friend in WV's Canaan Valley
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  • Aslan, Fabricio and Herminia at the C&O Canal in Harpers Ferry, WV
  • Buddy and friend in WV's Canaan Valley
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