• Park Preservation

    Park Preservation

    Working towards the completion and full appreciation of the American park system.

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  • Buddy Bison School Program

    Buddy Bison School Program

    Connecting under-served kids from Title I schools with parks.

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  • Kids to Parks Day

    Kids to Parks Day

    A national day of outdoor play; coming May 20, 2017.

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  • Park Preservation
  • Buddy Bison School Program
  • Kids to Parks Day

National Park Trust

For more than 30 years, National Park Trust (NPT) has enhanced our system of national, state, and local parks by completing more than 100 land preservation projects in 33 states and Washington, D.C. Since 2009, NPT has been working to cultivate the next generation of park stewards through our two national youth programs, our Buddy Bison School program and Kids to Parks Day. NPT has the unique opportunity to make park preservation projects into a thousand teachable moments, by preserving critical park lands and engaging our youth, especially those that are under-served, with park education programs, outdoor recreation, and park stewardship.

What we do

Park Preservation

Park Preservation

We are the nation’s only organization dedicated to the completion, and the full appreciation, of the American system of local, state, and national parks through the identification of key land acquisition and preservation needs.

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Buddy Bison School Program

Buddy Bison School Program

The Buddy Bison school program connects under-served kids from Title I schools with local, state, and national parks to teach environmental education and the benefits of outdoor recreation. This program has benefited more than 10,000 children in over 90 schools across the country.

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Kids to Parks Day

Kids to Parks Day

Launched in 2011, this grassroots day of play engages children and families with parks nationwide. Teaching them not only about park stewardship, environmental science, and history, but also about the importance of a healthy lifestyle through outdoor recreation and healthy nutrition.

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News

Largest Expansion to Yosemite in 70 Years

Largest Expansion to Yosemite in 70 Years

In partnership with The Trust for Public Land (TPL), National Park Trust is pleased to announce the acquisition and donation of Ackerson Meadow to Yosemite National Park.

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Every Kid in a Park to The Hill

Every Kid in a Park to The Hill

Last week, several Buddy Bison students whose schools benefited from National Park Service Centennial Challenge Fund and the President's Every Kid in a Park initiative, visited members of Congress to thank them for their support and share stories about their national park experiences.

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Give Wild with Artifact Uprising!

Give Wild with Artifact Uprising!

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

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Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore

Indiana Dunes National Lake Shore

NPT participated in the dedication ceremony at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore to celebrate the land acquisition that will add 30 acres around the Visitor Center at Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. Local 4th graders from two Buddy Bison schools joined the dedication festivities. Read More.

Buddy Bison Student Featured by the White House

Buddy Bison Student Featured by the White House

The White House featured a letter Cheyenne Roundtree, one of our Buddy Bison students, wrote about the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative and why parks are important, to celebrate the NPS Centennial. Read More.

Buddy Bison Student Featured by the White House
Kids to Parks Day 2016

Kids to Parks Day 2016

Thanks to your support, 2016 was a record-breaking year for Kids to Parks Day! Watch our KTP Day 2016 summary video.

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Buddy Bison

Buddy Bison

With your help, Buddy Bison can become the icon for inspiring people to visit, explore and protect our natural resources and parks. Become part of this national movement and get your own Buddy Bison!

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Buddy Bison™ T-Shirt

Buddy Bison™ T-Shirt

Show your Buddy Bison pride with this cotton* T-shirt!

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Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure

Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure offers breathtaking photographs and a charming story as well as an afterward with a short history of the park, a detailed map, and fun facts about wildlife, conservation, and more.

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Preserving Parks Today; Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

National Park Trust is dedicated to the completion and full appreciation of the American park system. We are not content with merely building out our nation’s system of parks; we believe that there is a necessity to engage young people with our treasured natural areas.

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