• Buddy Bison School Program

    Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

What We Do

We engage kids with the great outdoors by providing fully funded park experiences that
1) align with classroom curricula,
2) encourage health and wellness through outdoor recreation, and
3) foster future park stewards and conservationists.

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Who We Serve

We currently serve 77 Title I public, public charter and private elementary and middle schools in
18 states and Washington, D.C.
More than 80% of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch.

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How to Help

Each school is supported by individuals, corporations, and foundations. Help us sustain our current schools and grow to support students in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.

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About

About

The Buddy Bison school program currently benefits children in 77 Title I schools across the country by enhancing existing school curricula, encouraging health and wellness through outdoor recreation, and fostering future park stewards and conservationists.

For Educators

For Educators

Our youth program staff is dedicated to educating teachers and students on how to use our parks as fun outdoor classrooms with lessons that directly align with the school’s curricula and standards of learning.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families

We work with Blue Star Families to create family-friendly park experiences that feature STEM and history education as well as outdoor recreation activities.

Where's Buddy Bison Been?®

Where's Buddy Bison Been?®

Find out where Buddy Bison has been! Our friends and supporters enjoy sharing the parks and public lands that they explore with our pint-sized mascot Buddy Bison. #BuddyBison

Buddy Bison Ambassadors

Buddy Bison Ambassadors

Click here to meet our Buddy Bison Student Ambassadors: Tigran Nahabadian from California, Sarah Hullihen from New Jersey, Audrey Elliott from North Carolina, and Bryan Wilson from Navajo Nation (AZ)!

Get Your Buddy Bison

Get Your Buddy Bison

Get your very own Buddy Bison to take on your next park adventure. Each Buddy Bison purchased helps NPT send a kid to a park!

Mascot Rental

Mascot Rental

Find out how to have Buddy Bison at your next park event! Click here to learn more or contact Emily Edgar 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 Every Kid in a Park pass to all federal public lands here. This year’s pass features a photo of our Buddy Bison kids.


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.


Arts in Parks

Arts in Parks

October is Arts in Parks month! Our Buddy Bison Youth Leadership team participated in the #ParkArt challenge this month, check out their wonderful work.

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Meet NPT’s Youth Leadership Team

Meet NPT’s Youth Leadership Team

We are excited to introduce our 2019-2020 youth leadership team! These youth leaders not only love to discover parks and share their experiences with other kids, but they are also dedicated stewards of our public lands.

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Happy Shark Week

Happy Shark Week

By: Anna Medema | July 31, 2019 Happy Shark Week!  Sharks are one of the world’s most famous predators, but how much do we actually know about them? Several coastal national park sites help provide insight into the lives of these marine animals. One of the best parks to learn about sharks is Cape Cod […]

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