• 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 70 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 69 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, 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.


Buddy Bison’s Buzz November Update

Buddy Bison’s Buzz November Update

November is a season for giving thanks and I am thankful for all of the children who have gone outside with me! Check out just a few of my adventures below and please join me and #OptOutside on Friday, November 23.

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Celebrating Halloween at the White House

Celebrating Halloween at the White House

Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Sarah had a very special Halloween this year. Sarah traveled to Washington, D.C. to celebrate Halloween at the White House with fellow Student Ambassador Audrey and Buddy Bison!

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How the Outdoors Transformed the Life of a Student

How the Outdoors Transformed the Life of a Student

Buddy Bison School Program teacher, Heimy Salgado from West Education Campus in Washington, DC sits down with us to talk about the magic parks have worked on her students. At the start of last year her male students preferred playing video games. Now 90% of them would rather play in nature!

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