• Buddy Bison Program

COVID-19 has impacted the thousands of children, teachers, and families whom we support across the country as well as our beloved national parks and temporarily paused our Buddy Bison School Program. Read the full message from our executive director about COVID-19.

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 81 Title I public, public charter and private elementary and middle schools in
20 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

Now in its 11th year and centered around our lovable woolly mascot Buddy Bison™, our youth programs connect 20,000 students annually to parks around the country.

Resources For Educators

Resources For Educators

Our youth program staff is dedicated to educating teachers and students on how to use our parks as fun outdoor classrooms.

Blue Star Families

Blue Star Families

We work with Blue Star Families to create family-friendly park experiences that feature STEM and history education as well as outdoor recreation activities.

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

Youth Leadership Program

Youth Leadership Program

The Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Program has expanded and is now our new National Park Trust Youth Leadership Program! Click here to meet our Buddy Bison Student Ambassadors!

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 Nina Marti at (301) 279-7275 xt. 24.

Every Kid Outdoors Pass

Every Kid Outdoors Pass

Hey 4th Graders! Get your Every Kid Outdoors pass which gets you into all federal public lands for FREE. The Every Kid Outdoors pass was created so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history at not cost.


Welcome to Week Four of Camp Buddy Bison

Welcome to Week Four of Camp Buddy Bison

For our final week of Camp Buddy Bison, we are exploring Great Smoky Mountains National Park located in Tennessee and North Carolina. The park is part of the Appalachian Mountains, a mountain chain that stretches from Alabama to Canada. The Smokies feature some of the highest peaks in eastern North America and it's the third most visited national park site in the country – attracting 12.5 million visitors in 2019. One of its draws is the abundance of wildlife, including black bear which has a population of 1,500 - 1,600 as well as being one of the only remaining homes in the United States for lungless salamanders.

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Welcome to Week Three of Camp Buddy Bison

Welcome to Week Three of Camp Buddy Bison

This week we are going to explore Yellowstone National Park. Founded in 1872, Yellowstone is our nation’s first-ever national park. The park is located in three states: Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho, and covers 3,472 square miles. That’s bigger than Rhode Island and Delaware combined!

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Welcome to Week Two of Camp Buddy Bison

Welcome to Week Two of Camp Buddy Bison

This week we are going to explore Big Cypress National Preserve in Florida. Larger than the entire state of Rhode Island, Big Cypress National Preserve is the nation’s first national preserve. Covering over 720,000 acres of swampland, the freshwater that flows through the preserve sustains many ecosystems along Florida's southern coast. Big Cypress is home to both tropical and temperate plant communities and a diversity of wildlife, including the elusive Florida panther.

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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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