National Park Trust is committed to getting kids unplugged, outside, and inspired by the natural world. Its signature Buddy Bison School Program has engaged 16,000 youngsters with American parks and public lands – 6,000 from the DC metro area alone – providing teachers with hands-on resources for science and history classes that enhance existing school curricula. And the benefits to children’s brains and bodies are undeniable: studies show that spending time outdoors eases symptoms of depression and ADHD, and helps curb obesity and diabetes. To create opportunities for kids to visit local, state, or national parks, NPT handles the logistics and covers transportation costs (the primary obstacle for most schools). From park trips, to canoe adventures, to service projects, the Trust has made conservation relevant and exciting for thousands of DC-area youth. After all, preservation is at the heart of NPT, which has overseen 100 land projects in parks, forests, and wildlife refuges. The goal of the Trust's education programs? Cultivating future park stewards and conservationists. You can join your resources with theirs.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Statewide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County

Age Groups Served: Youth; Adolescence; Teenagers; Grades K-12

Ethnic Groups Served: African American, 50%; Asian American, 5%; Caucasian, 11%; Latino/Hispanic, 30%; Other, 4%

Population(s) Served: Men/Boys; Women/Girls; Students; Low- to Moderate-Income

Combined Federal Campaign Number: 12213

United Way Agency Number: 2358

Awards & Recognition

NPT's Annual Report won the 2009 ECO Award of Excellence for environmental writing, the highest honor awarded by the organization Global Environmental Communications (GEC). NPT's website also won an ECO Award of Merit - July 2009

The Independent Charities Seal of Excellence - Fall 2008


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Budget (FY2014)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for National Park Trust is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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