The fall is a perfect time to enjoy walks and hikes in our parks! The cool temperature and the crunch of leaves under your hooves make any outdoor adventure fun. This month, I traveled with my buddies to parks all over the country. From a Civil War battlefield at Kennesaw Mountain in Georgia to a behind-the-scenes tour of the fossils at the Smithsonian Musuem of Natural History in DC, our Buddy Bison kids saw some of the coolest places our country has to offer.
Whether you live on the east or the west coast, or somewhere in the middle, there are parks, forests and wildlife areas nearby just waiting to be explored. No matter the season or the reason, you can always see something exciting at our parks! All you have to do is get out and explore because the parks are always yours!
All Trees Need are Water, Soil, and Little Sunshine Helpers
I was super excited to help them get outside and enjoy nature. We sang songs about the fall and raced to collect leaves. Inside, we created neat art collages out of the leaves we found.
The tree that I helped plant will give my buddies a great place outside their school to run, play, and learn about nature. The best kind of learning is when you get to have fun at the same time!
My friends will spend the rest of the year learning and tracing the growth of the tree that we planted. I cant wait to come back and have park adventures with them!
Hiking, Nature Sighting, and Civil War Fighting at Kennesaw Mountain
Parks can tell stories about events that happened hundreds of years ago, in the same place where you live now. My new buddies from Hollydale Elementary School in Marietta, GA and I hiked to the top of Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park for an awesome "bison-eye" view of the Civil War battlefield below. Afterwards, Civil War re-enactor John Tolbert taught us about life as a soldier.
With the help of an education program made just for Hollydale, my buddies had a hands-on opportunity to learn about the importance of the battle to Georgia’s history.
DID YOU KNOW: Kennesaw Mountain National Battlefield Park is the only national park that honors the Civil War battles fought in Georgia? This made it even better that I got to help the kids learn about their state's history!
A Clean, Green, Time at the National Arboretum
My third grade buddies from the Bullis School in Potomac, MD went to the National Arboretum this month. This is what my friends Julia and Maya had to say about their trip:
"Last Thursday, the third grade went to the Arboretum to see bonsai plants and herbs. First we went to the herb garden. At the garden we saw roses, herbs, peppers and water plants. We saw many herbs that we cook with, and many herbs that have a strong scent. We also got to taste many herbs.
Afterwards we saw ten different types of peppers and rose bushes. Some had a strong scent; others not so much. We went to the Youth Garden next. At the Youth Garden, we tasted vegetables and honey. They were delicious! Then we saw the bonsai plants. They were so cool!
Making No Bones about Celebrating Fossil Day on the National Mall
During their trip, the kids saw dinosaurs that lived in North America long before we did and we were given a VIP tour of the storage and research rooms where all the bones are kept - there were over 3 million fossils down there! They even got to see a real triceratops skull, a raptor claw, and even some fossilized dino scat (dino droppings) that was over 75 million years old!
Outside the museum at the National Mall, the National Park Service, Maryland Dinosaur Park, and the National Science Foundation had education stations where we got to learn more about fossils. My buddies sifted for fossils of shark teeth, coral, and ancient shells. The park rangers even had a replica skull of one of my ancient bison ancestors that my friends took a picture with. Thanks to all my Washington Jesuit buddies and the Fossil Day volunteers for a fun day of exploration! To view more photos from the day, click here!
Get Outside and “Paws” for a Photo Contest!
I love exploring almost as much as I love sharing park adventures with all my buddies! To celebrate the awesomeness of our outdoors, I’m giving out a Buddy Bison prize pack for the best park photo! All you need is a camera, Buddy Bison, and some paws, claws, or hands to snap some photos. Post your best Buddy Bison photo with your name and the name of the park we visited on NPT's Facebook page by November 15th. The uploaded photo that has the most “likes” from our friends will be announced as the winner on November 30th!
Buddy Bison tells kids to "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Kids (and adults) love taking Buddy with them to parks and snapping a few photos. When you buy Buddy Bison you help send a kid to a park through our Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund!