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    Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider co-branding programs that your park has already planned. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
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  • We celebrated our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and want to thank you for joining us in this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.

    States, cities and towns across the country participated by proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Parks Day. We are already excited for Kids to Parks Day 2015. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 16th, 2015 as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents! 

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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SEPTEMBER 2012

Bullfrogs and Buddies in North Kansas City

On September 21, I traveled with Buddy Bison kids from Winnwood Elementary School in North Kansas City, Missouri to Smithville Lake. U.S. Army Corps Ranger Jim taught the kids about the purpose of the lake as a recreation area, a water source, and a wildlife habitat.

We went on a hike and got to see some of the amphibians that live around the lake. The kids even touched a real-life bull frog! The best part about places like Smithville Lake is that they give everyone the opportunity to get away from the city and back to nature. 

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Decmeber 2013

President's Park: Home of the National Christmas Tree

Right before the holiday break, 80 preschool students from Sunshine Early Learning Center in Washington, D.C. explored President’s Park in front of the White House. We met with Park Ranger Monamma at the National Christmas Tree to learn about the park and tree. Did you know the National Christmas Tree is a living tree that they use every year?

We finished the day by meeting the man-in-red, Santa, at his workshop. I asked Santa if he could help me get more kids like you to our parks.

A huge Buddy Bison thank you to SunTrust for sponsoring the Sunshine Early Learning Center this school year. 


August 2013

A Day of Fun with Sunshine

Want to know a great way to spend a summer day? How about at the U.S. National Arboretum and Washington Youth Garden with 50 preschool students from Sunshine Early Learning Center! The 3, 4 and 5 year-old students from Washington D.C. had a great time running in the fields, exploring Fern Valley and the Youth Garden. One of the highlights was helping the gardeners; the kids sorted worms, picked crops, and dug for vegetables. Of course they also had fun in the corn maze and natural play space. I was a tired bison by the end of the day, but it was worth seeing their smiles and excitement! See more photos here.

We are very thankful to the SunTrust Foundation for funding the Sunshine Learning Center as our first Buddy Bison preschool.


OCTOBER 2012

All trees need water, soil, and a little Sunshine

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My new friends at Sunshine Early Learning Center in Washington, DC had a Buddy Bison kick-off event to celebrate the fall and their study of trees!  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!

 
 

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MAY 2013

National Arboretum

THOMAS (7 of 8)Students from Washington Middle School for Girls, Neval Thomas Elementary, KIPP: WILL Academy and Potomac Lighthouse Academy visited the U.S. National Arboretum and Washington Youth Garden. They learned A LOT about plants and how to make a garden of their own.

 


OCTOBER 2012

All Hooves on Deck for DC Canoeing Adventures!

In October, my friends from Neval Thomas Elementary School traveled the Anacostia River in 24-foot canoes brought all the way from Minnesota! Here is what my buddy Jonas said about the trip:

 On October 25th, Mrs. Hill’s third grade class canoed on the Anacostia River...In my canoe, I saw one chickadee, one hawk, two cardinals (one male and one female), and many other birds. All of the canoes stopped at the entrance of Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens…On the way there, we saw a beaver named Dillon looking at us, then on the way back, he was sleeping. We came back and took our life jackets off, put them away with our paddles and left quickly. We had a great time canoeing and learned and saw a lot! 

Turtles, Owls, and Hawks, Oh My…at Neval Thomas Elementary School

This month was the kick-off event for DC's Neval Thomas Elementary as they joined our Buddy Bison school program! The kids saw some amazing wildlife living right in their own backyards.

My friends Daryl and Kellie from the Earth Conservation Corps taught the kids about animal habitats and the importance of watersheds like the Anacostia River.

They got to see turtles, an owl, and even a red-tailed hawk! Afterwards, we all danced to the hit nature song, Humps, Hooves, and Horns. Thank you to Pepco Holdings, Inc. for sponsoring the Buddy Bison program at Neval Thomas.

 

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March 2013

First Solar Visit

28537496_MKmwFr-4 As soon as we arrived at First Solar Tiffany Gray and Cheri Parco got the kids healthy snacks of apples, carrots, pretzels and water. Next, Chuck Anderson, the safety manager, provided a great safety introduction, indoor and outdoor glasses, and First Solar safety wristbands. Nathan Rudolph, a construction manager, took the kids on a tour, answering dozens of questions and having fun with the kids. Lehong Chow, the lead biologist, took the students to see the Welcome Garden and let them play with lizards and a small shovel-nosed snake. They were thrilled, and even remembered Lehong from her visit to school. Ashley Hudgens, the community liaison,  gave the kids a presentation on energy, worked through the worksheets with them, and let them color. The young ones got to go out on the balcony to play with tiny solar cars. Drew Metzger got photos throughout the visit.

 


 

October 2012

Joshua Tree Happenings with Our New Buddy Bison School

At the end of October, I had a chance to catch some sun while exploring Joshua Tree National Park in California with my friends from Eagle Mountain School (CA). With the help of volunteers from First Solar, they spent the day exploring and learning about the importance of our desert parks.

At Joshua Tree National Park, the kids visited White Tank which is home to many stone landscapes. They hiked through rocky trails and learned how the boulders were created by thousands of years of wind and rain! Fun fact: Despite having little rain, the Mojave Desert parks are filled with over 750 species of plants! A big thank you to Rangers Lorna and Caryn for guiding the students and First Solar for sponsoring these three new Buddy Bison schools.