Buddy Bison Kids and Congress Lead the Way for Kids to Parks

Buddy Bison kids not only visit parks, they also help National Park Trust honor outstanding park conservationists. In June at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., Senator Lamar Alexander (TN) was recognized with the 17th Bruce F. Vento Public Service Award for all of the work he has done to protect and preserve our parks and public lands and waters. Sam Hijazi, Evie Elliott and Louise Raez-Gavilan from Creative Minds International Public Charter School congratulated the Senator for his accomplishments, talked about how valuable parks are to kids – and then presented him with a Buddy Bison, and a T-shirt.

Then this past Tuesday, Louise and Evie provided testimonials at a congressional briefing (pictured left), organized by Outdoors Alliance for Kids, about the importance of the Every Kid in a Park program. During the briefing it was announced that legislation would be introduced to encourage children to get outdoors and visit America’s public lands and waters. Yesterday, Senators Martin Heinrich (NM) and Lamar Alexander (TN), along with Representatives Niki Tsongas(MA), Scott Tipton (CO), Diana DeGette (CO) and Elise Stefanik (NY) introduced the Every Kid Outdoors Act to officially establish a federal program to give free access passes to fourth graders and their families to see America’s protected natural, historical, and cultural sites. The legislation will make sure the Every Kid in a Park program lives on.

Are you or someone in your family in 4th grade? Then download your own Every Kid in a Park voucher and get outdoors this summer!

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