Military Family Programs

Military families participate in Kids to Parks Day events at Rio Grande Nature Valley Center Park in New Mexico

We support the Armed Forces including Blue Star Families, Gold Star Families, and veterans by providing these dedicated servicemen and women and their families with outdoor park experiences.

The best way to benefit from and care for America’s beloved parks is to ensure that ALL people have access to them and appreciate their importance in our daily lives. Unfortunately, current park visitor demographics do not reflect the rich diversity of our country’s population. That’s why National Park Trust works every day to help communities around the nation feel welcome, prepared, and inspired to carry on the American tradition of enjoying and stewarding our public lands and waters.

The National Park Trust in partnership with Blue Star Families (BSF), National Park Service, Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors (TAPS), and the U.S. Forest Service is providing meaningful and impactful park experiences for active military and gold star families across the country. The goal of these collaborations is to encourage military-connected men and women and their children to discover and explore their local, state, and national parks and to experience the educational and health benefits of the great outdoors while developing lifelong outdoor recreation habits.

Blue Star Families

This partnership supports Blue Star Families’ Blue Star Parks program, which works to build a closer connection between military families and their communities, something that is especially important as families receive their permanent change of station and relocate each year.

The Park Trust’s ParkPassport App was created in collaboration with Blue Star Families as a resource that helps families find federal and local public lands no matter where they are stationed in the U.S.

Tragedy Assistance Program For Survivors

The TAPS Togethers are one-day programs that provide all those grieving the death of a military loved one the opportunity to come together in nature to revitalize their outlook on life, connect within their local communities, get outside, be active, and have fun. This partnership between the National Park Trust, U.S. Forest Service, and TAPS supports outdoor outings on Forest Service lands

Buddy Bison’s Great Outdoor Challenge

Taking place on U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army bases nationwide, Buddy Bison’s Great Outdoor Challenge provides military families with opportunities for outdoor exploration and engagement designed to combat issues of community isolation, family connectivity, and mental and physical wellbeing.

To learn more about our military family programs or how you can support this work, contact Ivan Levin, Director of Strategic Partnerships and Communications at or call 301-279-7275 ext. 18.