• Buddy Bison School Program

    Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

  • Buddy Bison School Program

    Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

Buddy Bison School Resources


The Buddy Bison School Program encourages children and their families to get outside and have an American park experience. Our youth program staff is dedicated to educating teachers and students on how to use our parks as fun outdoor classrooms with lessons that directly align with the school’s curricula and standards of learning. Our team has a strong science and education background. In addition, NPT partners teachers with local park rangers, wildlife experts, and naturalists to develop a plan to incorporate parks into background lesson plans.

Depending on the level of funding, students/teachers will participate in 2-3 experiences (in and out of the classroom) and receive classroom toolkits full of books and other resources – and a Buddy Bison to take with them to parks. NPT will create and in some cases facilitate all outdoor experiences for the students. Teachers can easily replicate this education plan in future school years.

We have intentionally kept the program flexible and unstructured. We look to our schools for inspiration, feedback, ideas, and creativity; teachers help shape this robust program. Buddy Bison inspires creativity and innovation when connecting children with our nation’s parks, forest, and our public land/water. Together with Buddy Bison, your students will be motivated to 1) use parks as outdoor classrooms to enhance their existing curriculum in science, math, history, language arts, and other disciplines; 2) encourage health and wellness through outdoor recreation; and 3) cultivate future park stewards and conservationists.

 

Planning Your School Trip

Planning Your School Trip

This “how-to” will guide you through the steps you need to follow before, during, and after your school trip.

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Classroom Resources

Classroom Resources

Exploring the park system doesn’t have to be limited to outdoor adventures. Use these resources in your classroom to bring the outdoors, inside.

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4th Graders Get Your Park Pass

4th Graders Get Your Park Pass

Hey 4th Graders! Get your Voucher for a free Every Kid in a Park pass to all federal public lands here. This year’s pass features a photo of our Buddy Bison kids.

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Explore Parks Near You

Explore Parks Near You

To get started, check out these kid-friendly parks and activities listed by state.

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