• Buddy Bison Program

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

Centered around our lovable woolly mascot, Buddy Bison™, our youth program, now in its 11th year, connects 6,000 students 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.


130 Free Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck At Home

130 Free Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck At Home

In these unusual and trying times, remember the outdoors can act as a great classroom for kids and adults alike! Keep your kids learning and active with these '130 Free Outdoor Learning Activities For Kids Unexpectedly Stuck At Home' from Outdoor Families Magazine.

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Thanks NPS for these reminders on Social Distancing

Thanks NPS for these reminders on Social Distancing

Thank you National Park Service for these important and relevant reminders on how to stay healthy in the coming weeks.

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Why I L❤️VE National Parks

Why I L❤️VE National Parks

Check out Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Joslyn’s latest blog post to learn 5 reasons why she loves our national parks and why you should too.

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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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