• 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 and Sarah Hullihen from New Jersey!

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!

Share Your Park Adventures

Share Your Park Adventures

Share your park adventures with us! Learn more about sharing 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 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.


Paddle Up! Buddy Bison Kids Canoe the Rivers of D.C. and Baltimore

Paddle Up! Buddy Bison Kids Canoe the Rivers of D.C. and Baltimore

Can you canoe? Our students in the Buddy Bison School Program sure can!  Nine different D.C. and Maryland Buddy Bison Schools took part in this year’s Canoemobile program, a partnership between NPT and Wilderness Inquiry (WI). Our friends from WI drove down from Minnesota with their 24-foot voyageur canoes so we could explore our local waterways.

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A Historic Halloween with Student Ambassador Audrey in North Carolina

A Historic Halloween with Student Ambassador Audrey in North Carolina

Our newest student ambassador Audrey had a howling good Halloween this year. Check out the full story from her visit to Guilford Courthouse National Military Park below.

"Hi, my name is Audrey Elliott and I would like to start by saying I am honored to be chosen as the 3rd Buddy Bison Student Ambassador because there are so many other kids that could have been chosen."

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Buddy Bison and Dare2B Go Green

Buddy Bison and Dare2B Go Green

Over the past few years, through The North Face Explore Fund, NPT has supported Dare2B, a non-profit organization that provides “green” career programming for homeless youth in New York City. This year, the children went to Randall’s Island in Manhattan.

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