• 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.

Buddy Bison’s Field Trip to National Cathedral with Beauvoir Elementary

January 2011

Students from Beauvoir, National Cathedral Elementary School in Washington, D.C. often take Buddy Bison along when they explore outdoors. Recently, 1st grade students visited the historic landmark right next door to their school, the National Cathedral.

Written by Beauvoir 1st Grade

http://buddybison.org/images/stories/organ.jpgBeauvoir’s First Graders brought Buddy on a field trip to the National Cathedral. Buddy and the Coyotes learned about the organ and the High Altar. We learned that the organ has four different keyboards, and there is another kind of keyboard on the floor. Buddy Bison and the Coyotes learned that the longest pipe is almost the same size as a school bus. All the organ’s pipes are not in the same place. They are all over the National Cathedral! Some of the pipes are hidden in the tall, dark arches. There are more than ten thousand pipes in the organ. The organ plays by air by big fans that are underneath the floor. Some of the pipes that were broken were making air sounds—we could hear them if we were very, very quiet, and we were not supposed to hear it...read more
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