• 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 and Sonia in Hawaii

My family and I went to Kauai, which is one of the islands of Hawaii. We took Buddy Bison on a helicopter ride to a waterfall called Manawaiopuna. We had to wear blue cover-up shoes and life jackets for safety when we were in the helicopter. Buddy learned that when it rained a lot at Manawaiopuna it created floods. Did you know that the fall’s water was only rainwater and that it rained the most in Kauai than anywhere else in the world? When Buddy Bison was at the waterfall, he was plugging his ears because the fall sounded so loud; it sounded like turning a big rain-stick real fast. Buddy also saw lots of cool plants around the island. He loved the bobo tree.


By Sonia (2nd Grade)


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