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Adventures

May 2013

Adventures at Harper's Ferry

2013 0209 Fort McHenry 004The St. Ignatius Loyola Academy took their anual trip to Harper's Ferry from May 28th to May 30th of this year. They had lots of fun canoeing, traversing a high ropes course, ziplining and staying overnight in a cabin. They also learned about John Brown, an abolitionist who led a raid at Harper's Ferry that historians believe escalated into the Civil War. Everyone had a great time bonding with each other.

 "I enjoyed everything such as the food, the fun, the low and high ropes, the adventures, the zipline, the canoeing and more but if I really describe it I will need more than one paper."

Sincerely,

Vincent Blount

 

MAY 2013

National Kidst to Parks Day at Fort McHenry with the NFLPA

NFLPA-5937On May 10, 2013 St. Ignatius Loyola Academy Joined the NFLPA in celebrating National Kids to Parks day. Ravens' Tandon Doss, joined the students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, MD and the NFL Players Association to jumpstart National Kids to Parks Day at an event last Friday at Ft. McHenry, birthplace of our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. We unfurled a giant replica of the original Star-Spangled Banner with Ranger Scott and had so much fun playing games with Tandon and the wonderful NFL Players Association staff!


 

APRIL 2013 

St. Ignatius at the National Mall!

IMG_5450Eighth-grade boys from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, MD discovered the history of the park while trekking from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the Washington Monument.

 

 


FEBRUARY 2013

One Park Trip a Month or Bust!

2013 0209 Fort McHenry 005Buddy recently received an update from the Explorer Club of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, Maryland. The club has made it their mission to take at least one park trip each month! 

Last month, they visited two local state parks in Maryland: Fort Frederick and Fort McHenry. They hiked and watched a live
re-enactment of soldiers fighting during the War of 1812!  Khalil, an Explorer said this about their trip:

"When we were at Fort Frederick I had a history lesson on how the soldiers dressed and how they lived their lives. In their life they lived in little cabins, only two or three people could fit in there. They all slept in one bed to keep warm. When the fort was attacked by Indians, they went on top of the fort and fired little lead pebbles. I enjoyed the soldier firing the guns."

I look forward to learning where the Explorer Club goes next month!


NOVEMBER 2012

Letters from the Explorers Club

On Saturday December 1, 2012 the Explorers Club and I went to West Virginia on the Appalachian trail. We hiked the trail, and went into Harpers Ferry. We saw reenactment of the Civil wars. We saw where they held the prisoners. It was very fun even though this was the last trip for me, I enjoyed it very much!

"I am also in the Explorers Club. On our trip we hiked on the Appalachian trail. In total we hiked a total of 5 miles. After we got off of the Appalachian trail we went into town and learned about how life was in Harpers Ferry. So after that we went on a shuttle. The shuttle took us back to the bus. When we got on the bus we had a peaceful bus ride back. At the end of the trip I just reflected on how much fun it was to have the experience with my brothers on this trip."

Sincerely, 

Khalil, 6th grade 


AUGUST 2012

Buddy Bison Student Brings a Park to Baltimore, MD

Former Buddy Bison student Lloyd, a recent graduate of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD, has given his community an irreplaceable gift. Nearly two years ago, Lloyd 

along with Timothy Bridges, vice president of the Fayette Street Outreach Organization led the initiative to renovate a city park in Baltimore. With a new-found appreciation for the importance of parks and having a safe place to play, Lloyd worked with local officials to advocate for extensive renovations to the park.

 

"This park was a wreck. I talked to the older residents and they told me what it looked like before. People used to be able to play here. Now, it is a great place to play and be with friends. The many trips that National Park Trust provided for me and my classmates inspired me to work on this new park that benefits everyone in my neighborhood," said Lloyd.
 
The renovations were completed in July and a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate Lloyd's efforts. A new basketball court, playground equipment, walking paths and trees are now there for the entire community to enjoy.

 "National Park Trust helped give our community a snapshot of how to get people engaged and motivated about parks in their neighborhoods," Timothy Bridges, vice president, Fayette Street Outreach Organization.


JULY 2012

St. Ignatius Loyola Takes on the Tetons

FMThree students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD – Evan, Tyishawn and Damontay – spent two weeks at the Teton Science Schools. The schools, which are in Wyoming, offer environmental education in Grand Teton National Park to students from around the world. The three students were joined by St. Ignatius Principal John Ciccone and brought me along too! They also visited Yellowstone National Park which is also in Wyoming – a state which is home to tons of bison like me.

Former Buddy Bison student Lloyd, a recent graduate of St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD, has given his community an irreplaceable gift. Nearly two years ago, Lloyd 
along with Timothy Bridges, vice president of the Fayette Street Outreach Organization led the initiative to renovate a city park in Baltimore. With a new-found appreciation for the importance of parks and having a safe place to play, Lloyd worked with local officials to advocate for extensive renovations to the park.

"This park was a wreck. I talked to the older residents and they told me what it looked like before. People used to be able to play here. Now, it is a great place to play and be with friends. The many trips that National Park Trust provided for me and my classmates inspired me to work on this new park that benefits everyone in my neighborhood," said Lloyd.
 
The renovations were completed in July and a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate Lloyd's efforts. A new basketball court, playground equipment, walking paths and trees are now there for the entire community to enjoy.

"National Park Trust helped give our community a snapshot of how to get people engaged and motivated about parks in their neighborhoods," Timothy Bridges, vice president, Fayette Street Outreach Organization.


JUNE 2012 

Mrs. Anne Porterfield Receives "The Buddy" National Teacher Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship



Mrs. Anne Porterfield (center) with school President John Ciccone and NPT Executive Director Grace Lee

Mrs. Anne Porterfield – reading teacher at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, MD – received "The Buddy" National Teacher Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship. 

After receiving the award, Mrs. Porterfield stated, "Our relationship with NPT has created opportunities for our guys which we never would be able to provide on our own – a canoe adventure on the Anacostia River, two overnight trips to West Virginia, trips to Washington, DC for Earth Day, to the White House for the Easter Egg Hunt, and on and on. The exposure to the outdoors through these field trips gives our classroom teachers context in which to base their lessons and engage our students." 

"With the help of Buddy Bison, Mrs. Porterfield has done wonderful things for her students. She has found creative ways to connect them to the outdoors and show them how nature can be both educational and fun," said Grace Lee, Executive Director of NPT. 

Click here to read more about Mrs. Porterfield's award, and make sure you thank your teachers for encouraging you to visit parks in your community! 


 NOVEMBER 2011

Paddling Down the Anacostia River with Buddy Bison

From October 25 - 29, hundreds of Buddy Bison students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy of Baltimore, as well as Washington D.C. area schools E.L. Haynes, Washington Latin, and Elsie Whitlow Stokes took a field trip to canoe the Anacostia River which runs through our nation’s capital. The students quickly learned how to safely paddle down the river, and along their journey saw all kinds of wildlife – great blue heron, hawks, cormorants, egrets, turtles, and beavers. The students also helped to keep the river clean by picking up litter that was floating by. Click here to see more pictures, and also, you can check out photos featured in The Washington Post!

Two of my friends from St. Ignatius, Bernard and Jose wrote about their amazing experience:

“Thank you National Park Trust for giving us the chance to go canoeing. Although we were doing a fun activity we were also learning. I had a really great time and I think that canoeing is an activity that more city kids should experience.” - Bernard

“This field trip will help my classmates and me change our way of life by showing us the example of what happens when you throw trash any place other than where it is supposed to go. We also need to recycle and hold on to these lessons through high school.” - Jose

Thank you to Wilderness Inquiry, National Park Service, and Army Corps of Engineers for making this all possible. I would also like to thank the other students from St. Ignatius who sent in letters: Antwon, Diquan,Kobe, Timothy and Jahi. Thanks again and keep up the good work! 


APRIL 2011

Wild and Wonderful Spring Break in West Virginia

Middle school boys from Baltimore, Maryland’s Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy spent their spring break with Buddy Bison canoeing on the Shenandoah River, climbing on high ropes courses atFor Love of Children’s Outdoor Education Center, and learning about Civil War and African American History at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.  Despite cold March weather, the group of boys had a wild and wonderful time in West Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains!

"I got to bond with fellow students, challenge myself, and work on team building. I also got a chance to get out of the city," stated 6th-grader Nehemiah.

"My favorite activity was going canoeing with my brothers and the staff," said 6th-grader Ahmed.

Eighth-grader, Eric added,"Throughout the whole trip, my great pal Buddy Bison accompanied me. We took many pictures with him and he is such a cool mascot."


NOVEMBER 2010

St. Ignatius Eighth Graders Speak on Behalf of Buddy Bison Program

Buddy Bison helps get kids outdoors, but this month, eighth gradeSt.IgnatiusLoyolaAcademy (Baltimore,MD) students Lloyd, Evan and Tyi’ Sean spoke up on behalf of the Buddy Bison program. At a Shoe Crush fundraiser held by National Park Trust, these young men explained how much exploring the outdoors has shaped their lives. A portion of the funds raised that night will go toward a spring break trip for St. Ignatius students to Harper’s Ferry and theAppalachian Trail. Great work, guys!


OCTOBER 2010

Students Celebrate National Fossil Day

Buddy Bison welcomed over 250 students to the National Mall to celebrate the FIRST Annual Fossil Day on October 13th! Eighth grade students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, sixth graders fromWashington Latin Public Charter School, and fifth grade students from E.W. Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter Schooljoined first and fifth graders from new Buddy Bison schools Jefferson-Houston Elementary School and Lyles-Crouch Traditional Academy on the grounds of the Washington Monument.

Kids were able to sift through mounds of dirt to find shark teeth and other fossil treasures, created their own plaster casts of shells and stones, and talked to real-life National Park Service and Smithsonian archaeologists and paleontologists. Throughout the day, they went on a scavenger hunt in the Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History and learned about Washington, D.C. archaeology. All students were sworn in as Jr. Paleontologists at the end of the day by National Park Service Park Rangers.


JULY 2010

Seventh Grader Stands Up for Park

Lloyd and his classmates (left) at St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, a Where’s Buddy Bison Been?pilot school, used the National Geographic Mysterybooks series, set in national parks to enhance their Read Across America program. Lloyd competed in a school-wide essay competition, and he and 12 other kids were awarded one of National Park Trust’s Youth to Parks Scholarships to travel over spring break to For Love of Children’s Outdoor Education Center near Harper’s Ferry National Historical Park.

With that scholarship, he and his classmates were able to spend several days in West Virginia participating in a leadership and environmental education program.

By the time Lloyd and 48 other students from his school joined Buddy Bison for the fortieth anniversary Earth Day event on the National Mall in April, Lloyd had already become inspired to protect the environment in his own community.

In Baltimore, he noticed that the old Warwick Street Park in his neighborhood had become run down and was unusable for play. He talked to his dad and organized a presentation for his local City Council … read more 


JANUARY 2010

St.Ignatius Student Takes Buddy on aMonumental Trip
By: Khalil L.

My name is Khalil L. from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy. I went to the WashingtonMonumentin downtown Baltimore.
It was a nice day. First I took pictures with Buddy Bison. It was very fun just to go outside for some fresh air. For Christmas vacation maybe I can go with Buddy Bison to Gwynn Oak Park which is near my house, to look for presents that might be hidden there. It will be fun to do.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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