• 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.


Potomac, Maryland students from the Bullis School spent plenty of time adventuring with Buddy Bison over winter break. From Sydney’s trip to Avenel Park, to Ethan’s travels in New York City, Madison’s adventures at Cabin John’s dog park and Demetri’s trip to Deep Creek Lake State Park. Below, read Caulley’s take on winter break with Buddy Bison.

Written by Caulley 

Over our Christmas break in December, I traveled with my family to New York City for two days.  We took Buddy Bison with us so that he could visit Central Park.  I knew from seeing photos and movies and talking to my parents that Central Park was one of the nicest city parks in the country.  

caulleyWhen we went to Central Park it was a clear and very cold day outside but I was bundled up and Buddy Bison had a warm coat.  We climbed up on rocks in the middle of the park and looked at over the Central Park Ice Skating Rink.  We also climbed a tree where Buddy Bison sat on a branch and watched the horses go by.  We took a walk through the park with Buddy Bison on top of my head and I climbed another very tall rock.  Buddy Bison got a chance to see parts of Central Park where many famous movies were filmed.  At the end of the trip to Central Park, I also introduced Buddy Bison to one of the horses, and he gave us a friendly nudge.  Before we left New York, we also took Buddy Bison by FAO Schwarz so that he could see some other friendly animals.  I think it was great trip for both Buddy and me—we both got to see a new park in the United States and we had fun playing outdoors.

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