BUDDY BISON® SCHOOL PROGRAM
BECAUSE KIDS NEED PARKS and PARKS NEED KIDS
The Buddy Bison School Program, established in 2009, is a non-profit national environmental education program that engages predominantly elementary and middle school students with local, state, and national parks and other public lands and waters.
We work with public, public charter, and private schools and local and national partners including the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service to help students explore and use parks and public lands as outdoor classrooms. Students learn about 1) lessons in STEM, history and social studies, 2) the health and wellness benefits of outdoor recreation and 3) their role as our future stewards of parks and the environment.
As a park-focused non-profit environmental education program, we only provide funding for Title 1 schools but many schools who do not lack resources also participate and benefit from the Buddy Bison School Program. Currently, 60 Title 1 schools receive funding spanning 15 states and Washington, D.C.
To learn more about our school program, contact, Billy Schrack, director of youth programs at William@parktrust.org or call 301.279.7275 ext. 20. To learn how you can support a school in your community, contact Maryann Kearns, director of development at Maryann@parktrust.org or call 301.279.7275.