• 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.

NPT has entered into an agreement to provide interim stewardship of a new seven acre facility near Mojave National Preserve that will help save the area’s endangered desert tortoises.

The Desert Tortoise Research Facility was built by Chevron Environmental Management Corporation in 2010. Starting this past Spring, researchers from the University of Georgia and the University of California at Davis have used pens at the Facility for the safe hatching and nurturing of baby desert tortoises, and to research ways to protect them in the wild. 

Chevron built the Facility under a Special Use Permit with the National Park Service (NPS), and has agreed to turn over ownership of the Facility to NPS. However, before this can be done, NPS must comply with a variety of governmental administrative steps, including a boundary change to Mojave National Preserve so that the Facility can ultimately lie within this amazing desert Preserve’s formal boundaries.

In order to best allow the research and nurturing activities to go forward while waiting for these steps to be completed, Chevron asked NPT to take over interim stewardship of the Facility until NPS itself can do it, sometime in 2013.  

As Ray Sherbill, a lawyer and NPT Trustee who donated time to the project, explained, “NPT is a nimble and trusted partner to both government agencies and private companies and charities. We are glad we could quickly step in to fill a gap that will help protect more of these threatened tortoises and speed up the full use of this important Desert Tortoise Research Facility.”

NPT took possession last month, and is cooperating with the Universities to allow their important tortoise research activities to continue. Over 80 tortoise eggs have already been hatched. Researchers are releasing a portion of them this fall and will document their survival rate as well as challenges to their survival.

NPT’s Mojave work for the desert tortoises dovetails perfectly with NPT’s dual missions of preserving parks today, and creating  park stewards for tomorrow. As part of its efforts to preserve our parks, NPT actively promotes directing environmental mitigation activities to programs that expand parks and help save park wildlife. 

In addition, NPT stewardship of the Facility helps us to create our park stewards for tomorrow.   Researchers have agreed to help teach Buddy Bison students from under-served schools from the Las Vegas and Mojave areas about the grave threats desert tortoises face, and how we can help protect them.  

As part of those ongoing Buddy Bison programs, now in their third year in the Mojave area, NPT has provided transportation to the Preserve and additional educational programming for the students in cooperation with the supportive and wonderful NPS rangers at Mojave. These programs give students their first steps into our national parks, and their first ideas about making a lifetime goal of protecting parks and nature.

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