• Buddy Bison

BUDDY BISON® SCHOOL PROGRAM

BECAUSE KIDS NEED PARKS and PARKS NEED KIDS


The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage Title 1 school children with local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. This program benefits children in more than 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th by enhancing existing school curricula with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks — and the importance of stewarding our public lands — by arranging school visits from our many conservation partners.

National Park Trust provides classroom toolkits, with teacher resources, and organizes fully funded park trips (including bus transportation) for each school.

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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Every Kid in a Ship

Every Kid in a Ship

“Cast the main sail and swab the deck!” is the cry you’d hear if you were traveling on the historic three-masted ship Balclutha during its supply runs all over the world from the 1800s through the 1930s.

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Fourth Graders Receive Passes To Visit Public Lands And Waters

Fourth Graders Receive Passes To Visit Public Lands And Waters

The National Park Trust, The North Face, and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids joined the National Park Service to co-host an Every Kid in a Park event at San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park for 60 fourth graders from Hoover Elementary School.

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Young Scholars Learn about Freshwater Ecosystems

Young Scholars Learn about Freshwater Ecosystems

Just before the end of 2016, 120 kindergartners from Harmony Hills Elementary in Silver Spring, MD explored the Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) at Anacostia Park. Over the course of three days they received hands-on biology lessons ranging from activities with local freshwater ecosystems and habitats to aquatic-themed stories and sing-a-longs.

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