• 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.

Jennifer CurtinJennifer Curtin has over 24 years of experience with a specialty in environmental law and federal real estate policy. She is a senior policy analyst and attorney known for innovation in developing programs and policies with emphasis on property reuse, public private partnerships and sustainability. A skilled program manager with broad consulting and client experience, she has led major policy initiatives for both Military and Civilian Agencies in the areas of land use, base closure and environmental liability. Clients include DoD, FAA, DOI, DOE and GSA. She has shaped and grown large environmental and real estate programs (e.g., brownfields, enhanced use leasing) and managed diverse teams of staff in delivery. She advises clients on statutory authorities to enable conservation and real estate partnerships to achieve cost and resource efficiencies. She worked with the National Conference of State Legislatures to draft a model law, the Uniform Environmental Covenants Act, which has been enacted in 22 states to prevent future Love Canals and the dangers associated with contaminated property being transferred to new owners without proper disclosure.

She leads a team of 35 environmental, land use planners and real estate staff who provide programmatic and technical support to the various programs in the Office of the Secretary of Defense including Environmental Management, Environmental Quality, Natural Resources, and Sustainable Range Initiative, Office of Real Estate and the Joint Basing Program. She also has a team that provides support to GSA’s Office of Real Property Disposal and Utilization in the Public Buildings Service. She has a Juris Doctor from Catholic University’s Columbus School of Law and a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Vermont with a concentration in political science and British literature and is licensed to practice law in the State of Maryland.

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