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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.