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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

Buddy Bison is here to help you connect with the outdoors! Discover our free resources for teachers, kids, and families here. And keep checking back as we add more information.

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!

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!

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Ambassador Sarah: Well that’s a First

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What an exciting fall for our Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, Sarah Hullihen!

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