About Buddy Bison School Program
National Park Trust, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit established the Buddy Bison School Program (BBSP) in 2009 to provide environmental education to elementary and middle schools in under-served communities. We work closely with teachers to plan each trip — using parks, public lands and waterways as outdoor classrooms.
Centered around our lovable woolly mascot, Buddy Bison™ our programs help kids develop that special bond with nature. As Buddy Bison says, “explore outdoors, the parks are yours!” Depending on the level of funding for each school and the number of trips approved by each school district, we provide two or more park experiences where students will learn from park rangers, naturalists, outdoor recreation experts and other outdoor education professionals. Classroom visits by wildlife experts, rangers and naturalists are also provided. We bring kids to parks – and parks to kids!
The goals of all of our park experiences whether they are in the park or in the classroom are: 1) education – we align and enhance classroom lessons in STEM, history, social studies as well as other disciplines, 2) health and wellness through outdoor recreation, and 3) park stewardship – we foster current and future caretakers of our parks and the environment.
As a park-focused non-profit environmental education program, we fully fund and plan trips including all logistics for our 65 sponsored Title I schools which span 16 states and Washington, D.C. More than 80% of our students qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, the federal indicator of low-income. A sample trip itinerary can be viewed here.
While they do not receive financial support from NPT, we have learned of numerous schools that do not have Title I status who also use the Buddy Bison Program to engage their students with the great outdoors.
To learn more about our school program contact, Billy Schrack, director of youth programs at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 301-279-7275 ext. 15.
NPT provides learning experiences in local, state, and national parks and public lands.
The 2017-2018 school year marks our 9th year of park programming.
17 STATES and WASHINGTON D.C.
NPT serves a growing number of schools across the country.
The Buddy Bison School Program serves 6,000 students annually.
BUDDY BISON SCHOOLS
The Buddy Bison school program currently benefits children in 65 Title I schools across the country (grades pre-K through 8th) by enhancing existing school curricula with an emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks — and the importance of stewarding our public lands —through school visits from our many conservation partners.
Below is an interactive map representing our current Buddy Bison Schools (green). This map also includes the schools that we support through our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest (red). If you are interested in supporting a school in your community, please contact Maryann Kearns.
Buddy Bison Schools
|California||Los Angeles||Clifford Math and Technology Magnet|
|Navato||Hamilton Elementary School|
|Vallejo||Anne Pennycook Elementary|
|Oakland||Hoover Elementary School|
|Sanger||Wilson Elementary School|
|Georgia||Atlanta||M. Agnes Jones Elementary School|
|Marietta||Fair Oaks Elementary|
|Illinois||Chicago||Charles G. Hammond Elementary|
|Chicago||Jose De Diego Community Academy|
|Chicago||The Chicago Academy|
|Louisiana||Chalmette||Chalmette Elementary School|
|New Orleans||Green Elementary School|
|Minnesota||St. Paul||Bruce Vento Elementary School|
|Maryland||Baltimore||St. Ignatius Loyola Academy|
|Baltimore||Mount Washington School|
|Baltimore||Wolfe Street Academy|
|Baltimore||MLK Elementary School|
|Riverdale Park||Beacon Heights Elementary|
|Silver Spring||Harmony Hills Elementary|
|Hyattsville||Cesar Chavez Elementary|
|Gaithersburg||South Lake Elementary|
|Boston||Mckay Elementary School|
|Mississippi||Biloxi||Popp’s Ferry Elementary School|
|Missouri||St. Louis||Ashland Elementary School|
|St. Louis||Mullanphy ILC Elementary School|
|Nevada||Laughlin||Bennett Elementary School|
|Las Vegas||Howard Hollingsworth|
|Las Vegas||Walter V Long Elementary|
|New Jersey||Atlantic City||Richmond Avenue School|
|Atlantic City||Pennsylvania Avenue school|
|Newark||KIPP: Spark Academy|
|Newark||Fairmount Elementary School|
|New York||Brooklyn||Brooklyn Jesuit Prep|
|North Carolina||Durham||Emily K Center|
|Durham||EK Powe Elementary School|
|Durham||Brogden Middle School|
|Pennsylvania||Chester||Chester Community Charter School|
|Texas||Beaumont||Ehrhart Elementary School|
|Beaumont||Charlton Pollard Elementary School|
|Virginia||Alexandria||Jefferson Houston Elementary School|
|Washington, D.C.||Washington DC||Elise Whitlow Stokes Community Freedom Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||Neval Thomas Elementary School|
|Washington DC||St. Frances Xavier|
|Washington DC||Washington Jesuit Academy|
|Washington DC||Washington School for Girls|
|Washington DC||Creative Minds Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||Inspired Teaching Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||Capital City Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||West Education Campus|
|Washington DC||Takoma Education Campus|
|Washington DC||EL Haynes Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||Patterson Elementary|
|Washington DC||Children’s Guild Charter School|
|Washington DC||Seaton Elementary|
|Washington DC||Friendship Public Charter School|
|Washington DC||Howard University Middle School|
|Washington DC||Sunshine Early Learning Center|
|Washington DC||Barbara Chambers Children’s Center|