• 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.

A heartfelt thanks to The North Face (TNF) Explore Fund, for awarding NPT a grant that will facilitate a partnership with Dare2BNYC to provide park experiences for homeless children in New York City (NYC). By granting NPT an Explore Fund Grant, The North Face will provide 15 to 20 homeless children (middle and high school) in NYC with the opportunity to participate in an 8-week Buddy Bison program where they will complete a series of conservation, stewardship and educational activities at park sites throughout NYC during the summer and early fall of 2014. They also will learn about career opportunities in the conservation arena.

TNF is a founding partner of the Outdoor Foundation, which has created the Outdoor Nation initiative to mobilize our youth to participate in the outdoor movement. Both the Outdoor Fund and The North Face Explore Fund are dedicated to empowering children and young adults to explore nature, regardless of their circumstances.

Ann Krcik, director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face, shared why TNF supports efforts like those of NPT: "These organizations are grounded in the belief that if you can get kids to love the outdoors, not only will they develop skills that will help them throughout life, but they will grow up to care about their natural world, protecting the places they explore.” Through this partnership, NPT can provide critical personnel and financial resources to make conservation relevant to children who were unaware of and lack the opportunity to experience our parks.

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