On July 23, 2020, the National Park Trust transferred ownership of 239 acres of land in one of the most popular areas of the Appalachian National Scenic Trail (A.T.) near Troutville, Virginia to the National Park Service. In the fall of 2018, the Park Trust volunteered to support the Appalachian Trail Conservancy (ATC) in the acquisition of the property in Hogan Hollow, Virginia. The landowner wanted to sell before the National Park Service could accept the acreage, so in June 2019, the Park Trust worked with The Conservation Fund to acquire and temporarily hold the property until it could become part of the A.T.
With so much still unknown about what education will look like for the 2020/2021 school year, National Park Trust announces the launch of a robust distance-learning initiative based on its renowned Buddy Bison School Program which for more than a decade has provided fully funded park experiences for kids in under-served communities including kids of color. This new education package –THE BUDDY BISON CREATIVE LEARNING PROGRAM -- is being launched nationwide in Title I schools this fall.
For our final week of Camp Buddy Bison, we are exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park is part of the Appalachian Mountains, a mountain chain that stretches from Alabama to Canada. The Smokies feature some of the highest peaks in eastern North America and it's the third most visited national park site in the country – attracting 12.5 million visitors in 2019. One of its draws is the abundance of wildlife, including black bear which has a population of 1,500 - 1,600 as well as being one of the only remaining homes in the United States for lungless salamanders.
This week we are going to explore Yellowstone National Park. Founded in 1872, Yellowstone is our nation’s first-ever national park. The park is located in three states: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and covers 3,472 square miles. That’s bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined!
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Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure, written by Ilona E. Holland, 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.