• Buddy Bison School Program

  • Buddy Bison School Program

Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

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, 66 Title I 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 ext 15.

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

Print and go! Take these activities with you where ever you go: from your local city park – to your national park or any other public land and water. There’s something here for every outdoor nature space!

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!

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

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 pass to all federal parks and public lands here. Then get out and go!


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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Buddy Bison Kids and Congress Lead the Way for Kids to Parks

Buddy Bison Kids and Congress Lead the Way for Kids to Parks

Two Buddy Bison students provided testimonials at a congressional briefing, organized by Outdoors Alliance for Kids, about the importance of the Every Kid in a Park program. During the briefing it was announced that the bi-partisan Every Kid Outdoors Act would be introduced to the House and Senate to officially establish a federal program to give free access passes to fourth graders and their families to see America’s protected natural, historical, and cultural sites.

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Donald McKay K-8 School Sails with Buddy Bison to Spectacle Island

Donald McKay K-8 School Sails with Buddy Bison to Spectacle Island

Check out our 2-minute video as 80 4th graders from Donald McKay K-8 School in East Boston set sail last week with Buddy Bison and explored Spectacle Island, a part of the Boston Harbor Island s National Recreation Area.

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Scott Air Force Base Youth Programs explore Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Scott Air Force Base Youth Programs explore Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Check out our new 1 minute video of our day exploring Gateway Arch, Jefferson National Expansion Memorial in St. Louis with our new friends from Scott AFB Youth Programs.

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