• Buddy Bison School Program

    Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

  • Buddy Bison School Program

    Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

  • 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 65 Title I public, public charter and private elementary and middle schools in
17 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 65 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.

School Resources

School Resources

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.

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, and Audrey Elliott from North Carolina!

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.


A Washington, D.C. Adventure with Buddy Bison

A Washington, D.C. Adventure with Buddy Bison

Buddy Bison and I recently traveled to Washington, D.C. for an incredible adventure. We started by meeting with the National Park Trust and  Junior Ranger Bryan and his family. Our next stop was to an amazing park that all visitors to Washington, D.C. should visit, Rock Creek Park.

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Volunteer Season in Full Bloom

Volunteer Season in Full Bloom

Our National Parks help protect America’s native plants and animals. Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Tigran Nahabedian volunteers at Channel Islands National Park in Ventura, CA, and recently helped restore Anacapa Island with classmates from the Ojai Valley School (Ojai, CA). Tigran and his fellow students helped remove the invasive red-flowered iceplant from the Island, and replanted affected areas with native plant species. Read about Tigran's restoration project.

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Buddy Bison Students Kick Start their Year with Parks

Buddy Bison Students Kick Start their Year with Parks

Our Buddy Bison Schools have already started their park trips. Two of our schools in California “set sail” last month with field trips to learn about their state’s history on the sea. And Washington School for Girls explored Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium in D.C.

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