• 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.

Free Field Trips to National Park for Ventura County Fourth Graders—Kick Off Event for This Year's Every Kid in a Park Initiative

Date: October 11, 2016

Contact: Yvonne Menard, 805-658-5736

This school year nearly every fourth grader in Ventura County will have the opportunity for a free field trip to Channel Islands National Park as part of the Every Kid in a Park initiative.

On Wednesday, October 12, 2016, several fourth grade classes from Rio Rosales School in Oxnard will participate in the Every Kid in a Park initiative by attending a kick off field trip event at the park visitor center.

The free field trips to the park are provided courtesy of transportation grants from the National Park Trust, the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund, and the National Park Foundation.

"We are excited about the opportunity to connect thousands of Ventura County fourth graders to Channel Islands National Park in support of the President's Every Kid in a Park initiative," said, Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. "The generous gift from the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation will help us provide the school buses needed to transport the students and their teachers to the park visitor center."

During the field trip, students will become official Junior Rangers, attend a ranger-led program, and receive their free annual Every Kid in a Park pass. The pass grants the students and their families free entry to more than 2,000 public lands and waters including national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, and marine sanctuaries from now through August 31, 2017.

Ventura County public school fourth grade teachers are encouraged to sign up for the free field trips to the Channel Islands National Park Lagomarsino Visitor Center as soon as possible.

As part of the grant, the fourth grade teachers are also invited to attend a free Multicultural Education for Resources Issues Threatening Oceans (MERITO) Workshop on Saturday, November 12th from 8:30 am to 12:30 pm at the park visitor center auditorium.

Every Kid in a Park is part of President Obama's commitment to protect our nation's unique outdoor spaces and ensure that every American has the opportunity to visit and enjoy them. The program, now entering its second year, has an expanded website with links to educational activities, trip planning, field trip options, the downloadable pass, and additional information in both English and Spanish.

About the National Park Foundation

The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at nationalparks.org.

About the National Park Trust

The National Park Trust is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and public lands and the engagement of our youth –especially those who are underserved –with nature. To learn more visit National Park Trust.

About the National Marine Sanctuary Foundation Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust Fund

The National Marine Sanctuary Foundation established the Ernest F. Hollings Ocean Awareness Trust in 2005 to increase ocean awareness and stewardship through innovative programs, partnerships, and initiatives. The grant honors former U.S. Senator Ernest F. Hollings for his role as a lifelong ocean advocate. For more information visit National Marine Sanctuary Foundation.

About Every Kid in a Park

President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our nation's wildlife, resources, and history for free. Any fourth graders can get their pass online at Every Kid in a Park after they complete a fun educational activity. They can trade the paper pass for a more durable pass at participating federal sites nationwide.

Follow the program on Twitter @everykidinapark, Facebook, Instagram and YouTube

To schedule a 4th grade field trip contact e-mail us 805-658-5727

For information on the park's education program contact e-mail us 805-658-5735

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We thank ​our newest sponsor Artifact Uprising ​for their generous support for ​our Buddy Bison school program​ during this ​historic ​week of the N​ational Park Service​ Centennial.​ Their gift will help us get thousands of kids from Title 1 schools to national parks this ​school year!​ To learn more click here.

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My name is Cheyenne and I am a rising 5th grader at an elementary school in Maryland.

This Thursday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 100 years old.

To celebrate this anniversary, all national parks will be free to visit from August 25 -- 28, and I wanted to tell you why I hope you will go to FindYourPark.com and plan a visit to some of these amazing places.

Parks are very important to me. When you go to parks, you are able to see just how beautiful and awesome the outdoors can be and how we must be good stewards of our planet.

Cheyenne Roundtree

Sure, you can go on an adventure in a video game, or see someone else's adventure on social media, but think of how much better it would be to LIVE the adventure! With so many national parks in the country, no video game or TV show can beat the fun adventures that exist outside!

Our school is part of National Park Trust’s Buddy Bison environmental education program and that’s how I learned about the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative. This program, which will start its second year on September 1, gives passes to all 4th graders in the country so that they and their families can visit any national park and public land for free for a full year.

My Every Kid in a Park pass not only provides free entry into all national parks, but also serves as a reminder that I need to keep discovering and exploring new outdoor and historic places. Last June, my classmates and I went to National Colonial Farm at Piscataway Park in Maryland. I enjoyed pretending that we were time travelers going to the 1800s to fix some other time travelers’ mistakes. It was so much fun!

My park visits with my school and family inspired me to write my own book, For the Love of Water, since I learned that it is important that we protect our earth’s water. I have even thought about becoming a park ranger!

Thank you President Obama and the many others who gave 4th graders passes to visit these amazing parts of our country. Even as a 5th grader, without my pass, I want to go to more national parks very soon.

You too can find a park to visit -- just go to FindYourPark.com

I hope that everyone will join in the celebration of the National Park Service’s 100 years of existence and have the chance to get outside and explore the great outdoors!

Thank you!



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National Park Trust, Outdoors Alliance for Kids Receive The North Face 2016 Explore Fund Grants

NPT’s Buddy Bison Program funded to increase access to the outdoors for youth in 5 urban cities.


Washington, D.C.  – June 30, 2016 – In this Centennial year of the National Park Service, National Park Trust is pleased to announce that The North Face has awarded two 2016 Explore Fund grants to benefit our national Buddy Bison School Program. The Buddy Bison program was created in 2009 with the goal of getting kids from under-served communities engaged with our nation’s parks and public lands to experience outdoor recreation, education, and service opportunities. Currently 53 Title 1 public, public charter and private schools across the country -- spanning grades 2 through 8 -- are participating in the program.

In partnership with the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK), the first grant, Buddy Bison Gets 4th Graders Park-ing, will be used to kick off the second year of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative in 5 cities including Washington, D.C., New York City, Chicago, Boston, and San Francisco. OAK is a national strategic partnership of over 85 organizations from diverse sectors advocating for equitable and readily available opportunities for children, youth and families to connect with the outdoors. Fourth graders from Title 1 schools in these cities will participate in marquee events with The North Face, National Park Trust, OAK and alliance members and be welcomed into the Buddy Bison School Program with funds from the Explore Fund providing park trips to national parks that promote outdoor recreation and align with their school curriculum. 

“The Outdoors Alliance for Kids is answering President Obama’s call to action to get every kid in a park,” said Jackie Ostfeld, Co-Founder and Chair of the Outdoors Alliance for Kids. “We’re honored and thankful that The North Face has made such an important investment to ensure more and more children are able to have a park experience, and we look forward to growing our partnership.”

The second grant, Buddy Bison in the Big Apple, will be used to engage children from K through 8th grades residing in homeless shelters in New York City. Dare2BNYC, a non-profit based in New York City that works to break the cycle of poverty and improve homelessness, will once again work closely with NPT to provide access to parks for these youth. For these students, the Buddy Bison program will emphasize not only outdoor recreation and education, but also career opportunities that support our national parks and public lands. Students will have the opportunity to participate in 4 park experiences and meet with career professionals that support the parks as well as volunteers from The North Face store in Manhattan.

“As we approach the 100th birthday of the National Park Service, we are delighted to share the great news about our expanded partnership with The North Face to provide park experiences for hundreds of students from underserved communities. The Explore Fund will allow many of these students to experience their first park trip where they will enjoy fun outdoor recreation, and learn about STEM, history, park stewardship and career opportunities that support our national parks. ” stated Grace Lee, executive director, National Park Trust.

Both of these grants will be used starting this fall and throughout the 2016-2017 school year.  

The North Face selected 45 nonprofits that engage their participants in opportunities that inspire a lifelong love of the outdoors. Selected programs use outdoor exploration as a catalyst for positive personal or societal change, to encourage participants to try new outdoor activities, and promote environmental stewardship values.

“Encouraging people to experience and enjoy the outdoors has been our mission at The North Face since we were founded 50 years ago,” said Ann Krcik, senior director of Outdoor Exploration at The North Face. “We are proud to support these outstanding programs that expose participants to the beauty and joy of the outdoors. Through these Explore Fund grants, we are building a community of outdoor explorers and inspiring people to love and protect the places where we play.”

As part of its mission to start a global movement of outdoor exploration, The North Face introduced Explore Fund (www.explorefund.org) in 2010 and the program has since provided more than $2.2 million in grants to organizations committed to inspiring people to explore the outdoors and care for the environment.

About The North Face®

The North Face, a division of VF Outdoor, Inc., was founded in 1966. Headquartered in Alameda, California, the company offers the most technically advanced products in the market to accomplished climbers, mountaineers, snowsport athletes, endurance athletes, and explorers. The company's products are sold in specialty mountaineering, backpacking, running, and snowsport retailers, premium-sporting goods retailers and major outdoor specialty retail chains.

About National Park Trust

National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 park preservation projects benefiting 49 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, our Buddy Bison School Program and Kids to Parks Day have engaged nearly 2,000,000 students across the country with our national parks, public lands and waters.


About the Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK)

OAK is a national strategic partnership of organizations from diverse sectors with a common interest in connecting children, youth and families with the outdoors. The members of OAK are brought together by the belief that the wellness of current and future generations, the health of our planet and communities and the economy of the future depend on humans having a personal, direct and life-long relationship with nature and the outdoors. OAK brings together more than eighty businesses and organizations, led by a steering committee which includes representatives from the Alliance for Childhood, American Heart Association, Children & Nature Network, Latino Outdoors, National Recreation and Park Association, National Wildlife Federation, NatureBridge, The North Face, Public Lands Service Coalition (a program of The Corps Network), REI, Sierra Club, The Wilderness Society and the YMCA of the USA to address the growing divide between children, youth and the natural world. For more information:www.outdoorsallianceforkids.org

Media contact:

Caren Bell

On behalf of The North Face



Grace Lee

National Park Trust


301-279-7275, ext 14

Brenna Muller

Outdoors Alliance for Kids



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National Park Trust, Caesars Entertainment Celebrate National Park Service Centennial with Y Students


Local Students Participate in Historic 100th birthday celebration at Fort McHenry; Local Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs Participate

For Immediate Release

BALTIMORE (Aug. 15, 2016) -- On August 25th, the Centennial of the National Park Service, 60 elementary school students (grades 3 to 5) from three Baltimore City Y Community Schools, will particiape at at marquee 100th anniversary celebtration at Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine.

The event is organized by the non-profit National Park Trust (NPT), which is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The celebration is an extension of NPT’s national Buddy Bison school program, in which students learn about STEM, history, social studies, and health and wellness through outdoor recreation.

“This celebration is 100 years in the making,” said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director. “We are depending on our youth to serve as the next generation of park stewards. By spending this day at Fort McHenry, which played such an important role in our country’s history, we hope to inspire them and create memories that they will treasure for years to come.”

The Centennial event at Fort McHenry will be sponsored by Horseshoe Casino Baltimore’s parent Caesars Entertainment. Two of Caesars’ community volunteer HEROs, Sandra Martinez of Horseshoe Tunica, and Todd Anderson of Horseshoe Hammond, will travel to Baltimore to be part of the celebration and to assist the kids throughout the day. While there, Martinez and Anderson will be recognized as HERO Grand Prize winners, an honor based on their commitment to the community, measurable impact on beneficiary charities and alignment with Caesars community involvement strategic impact areas. In addition, 20 Horseshoe Baltimore HEROs will participate in the event. In 2015 CaesarsHEROs volunteered more than 260,000 hours in communities across the country.

“We are so proud to be part of this extraordinary community,” said Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin. “NPT’s work, especially the Buddy Bison program, which lets kids experience the outdoors, is a favorite volunteer opportunity for our HEROs.”

Students will be greeted at a 10 a.m. welcome program by special guests, including NPS Superintendent Tina Cappetta and Horseshoe Baltimore Senior Vice President and General Manager Erin Chamberlin.  All students will receive a Centennial Jr. Ranger badge. In addition, 4th graders will learn about the Every Kid in a Park pass to kick off the second year of President Obama’s program and its goal of getting every 4th grader across the country to national parks and other public lands. The pass provides free access for 4th graders and their families to all federal lands and Maryland State Parks for one school year.

The students will participate in an unfurling of a replica of the original Star Spangled Banner (30 x 42 feet) while hearing a narration of its history. Then they will break into smaller groups to experience special Fort, Flag, Freedom activities and learn about the historic importance of their local national park.

"It's been said that national parks are America's best idea. What better way to celebrate their Centennial than to invite our youngest citizens and visitors to the birthplace of the Star-Spangled Banner?” stated Tina Cappetta, Superintendent of Fort McHenry.

“We’re thrilled to support such an important program. It reinforces everything we stand for: encouraging healthy activity, education, inclusion.  We’re grateful to National Park Trust and Caesars Corporation for enabling such an enriching activity for Y kids and their families,” said John Hoey, President & CEO of the Y in Central Maryland. The students participating in the event represent Moravia Park Elementary, Holabird Elementary, and Graceland Park Elementary.

Media Contacts:

National Park Trust: Grace Lee; grace@parktrust.org; 301-279-7275, ext 14

Horseshoe Baltimore: Dave Curley; dcurley@hillmanpr.com; 443-683-0920

National Park Service: Anokwale Anansesemfo; akua_anansesemfo@nps.gov; 410-962-4290 

The Y in Central Maryland: Sara Milstein; saramilstein@ymaryland.org; 443-322-8064


About National Park Trust

National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) non profit, is dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. Since 1983, NPT has completed more than 100 land projects benefiting 40 national parks and other public lands in 33 states and Washington, D.C.  Since 2009 our Buddy Bison School Program and national Kids to Parks Day have engaged 2,000,000 students across the country with our nation’s parks, public lands and waters (ParkTrust.org).


About Horseshoe Casino Baltimore 

Horseshoe Baltimore, developed by CBAC Borrower, LLC, is located on Russell Street extending the city’s tourism footprint and serving as Baltimore’s southern gateway to the city. As a city-integrated casino, it is designed to maximize connectivity with existing hospitality operators, neighboring sports venues M&T Bank Stadium and Oriole Park at Camden Yards, and the city’s famed Inner Harbor. The casino, which opened Aug. 26, 2014, employs 1,500 team members and houses 2,200 video lottery terminals, more than 150 table games and a 25-table World Series of Poker-branded poker room amid 122,000 square feet of gaming space. CBAC Borrower, LLC is indirectly owned and controlled by Caesars Growth Partners, LLC (CGP), a joint venture between Caesars Entertainment Corporation and Caesars Acquisition Company, together with a world-class consortium of partners consisting of Rock Gaming LLC; CVPR Gaming Holdings, LLC; STRON-MD and PRT TWO, LLC boasting unmatched expertise and a proven track record in gaming development and operations, entertainment, capital management and urban development and renewal. Horseshoe Baltimore is managed by a subsidiary of Caesars Entertainment Corporation.

For more information, please visit www.caesarsacquisitioncompany.com.


About National Park Service

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired the natural and cultural resources and values of the national park system for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The National Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world.



About The Y in Central Maryland

Our Mission:

The Y is a charitable organization in Central Maryland dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.

Our Commitment:

At the Y, we are committed to providing family-oriented, affordable, high quality programs.

A cause driven organization with three areas of vital focus:

-          For Youth Development: nurturing the potential of every child and teen

-          For Healthy Living: improving our community’s health & well-being

-          For Social Responsibility: giving back and providing support for our neighbors

The Y is a place for everyone. People of all races, ages, faiths, gender, abilities, backgrounds and incomes are welcome and financial assistance on a sliding scale is available to those who would otherwise be unable to participate.

Our Values:

Caring, Honesty, Respect and Responsibility

More information can be found at ymaryland.org.

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