• Buddy Bison
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BUDDY BISON® SCHOOL PROGRAM

BECAUSE KIDS NEED PARKS and PARKS NEED KIDS


The Buddy Bison School Program, established in 2009, is a non-profit national environmental education program that engages predominantly elementary and middle school students with local, state, and national parks and other public lands and waters.

We work with public, public charter, and private schools and local and national partners including the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service to help students explore and use parks and public lands as outdoor classrooms. Students learn about 1) lessons in STEM, history and social studies, 2) the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation and 3) their role as our future stewards of parks and the environment.

As a park-focused non-profit environmental education program, we only provide funding for Title 1 schools but many schools who do not lack resources also participate and benefit from the Buddy Bison School Program. Currently, 60 Title 1 schools receive funding spanning 15 states and Washington, D.C.

To learn more about our school program, contact, Billy Schrack, director of youth programs at William@parktrust.org or call 301.279.7275 ext. 20. To learn how you can support a school in your community, contact Maryann Kearns, director of development at Maryann@parktrust.org or call 301.279.7275.

 

Buddy Bison Schools

Buddy Bison Schools

Check out our Buddy Bison schools across the country. To learn how you can support a school in your community, contact Maryann Kearns, director of development (301) 279-7275 ext. 15.

Buddy Bison Resources

Buddy Bison Resources

Download and print our free park resources. There is something here for everyone! You can use these at any park near your home.

Buddy Bison Ambassadors

Buddy Bison Ambassadors

Clich here to meet our Buddy Bison Student Ambassadors: Tigran Nahabadian from California and Sarah Hullihen from New Jersey!

Wheres Buddy Bison Been?®

Wheres Buddy Bison Been?®

Find out where Buddy Bison has been!

Get Your Own Buddy Bison

Get Your Own Buddy Bison

Get your very own Buddy Bison to bring on your adventure. Each Buddy Bison purchased helps get a kid to a park! *Banana Slug not included

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COMING SOON: Share your Buddy Bison adventures with us! Send us a high resolution photo of your adventure with Buddy and we will share some of them on our social media platforms.

Mascot Rental

Mascot Rental

Find out how to have Buddy Bison at your next park event! Click here to learn more or contact Collin Knauss at (301) 279-7275 xt. 22.

Every Kid in a Park Pass

Every Kid in a Park Pass

Hey 4th Graders! Get your Voucher for a free pass to all federal parks and public lands here. Then get out and go!


NPT Recognized for Getting Kids to Parks

NPT Recognized for Getting Kids to Parks

Outdoors Alliance for Kids (OAK) presented NPT with an inaugural OAK Leaf Award which recognized our “leadership and collaboration in connecting kids with nature.” Read more.

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Buddy Bison Honors Extraordinary School Leaders

Buddy Bison Honors Extraordinary School Leaders

It's award season! We all know about the Emmys, the Oscars and the Tonys. Last Friday, NPT surprised two members of the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School with The Buddy, our National Teacher Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship.

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Earth and Sky with Washington Jesuit Academy

Earth and Sky with Washington Jesuit Academy

Have you ever wondered what the stars look like to other countries and cultures? 5th-grade students from Washington Jesuit Academy (WJA) in Washington, D.C. found out when they visited Rock Creek Park.

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Buddy Bison Reunites With a Beloved Friend

Buddy Bison Reunites With a Beloved Friend

Last month I explored national parks in New York with 8th-grade students from Brooklyn Jesuit Prep. We boarded a ferry to Ellis Island taking a quick first stop to see Lady Liberty.

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