Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Ace

Aloha, I’m Ace. I am 10 years old. I’m in the 5th grade and enjoy splitting time between my two home states, Hawai’i and Florida. I love playing basketball and baseball and exploring the outdoors with my little brother Kingston.

I look forward to being a Buddy Bison Youth Leader to show other kids and adults the importance of the parks and nature. I want to learn more about the parks myself and I think it’s pretty cool that I get to interact with other Buddy Bison Ambassadors and Representatives who enjoy nature as much as I do. The parks are very important to me because I love to see the national landmarks that nature created and I enjoy adventurous things!

I LOVE snowboarding. I would like to go snowboarding in Vancouver Washington at Glacier National Park one day. My favorite National Park experience so far would be a tie between camping in Volcano National Park in Hawaii and hiking in The Grand Canyon in Arizona. The next time we take a family trip to the Grand Canyon, I would love to explore the sights from below while white water rafting.

You can follow my adventures on Instagram @aceland13, or on my blog below!



Exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Exploring Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Hi everyone!  My name is Ace Loftus, and I am a new Buddy Bison Student Ambassador for National Park Trust. I am really excited about this journey, and what it has in store for me. Today, I’m going to share with you my trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Michigan.


The Legend

A mother bear and her two cubs, were out in the night looking for food in Wisconsin.  There was a big forest fire, and the only way to get out of it was to swim across the great Lake Michigan. The cubs and the momma bear started swimming, and the next morning the momma bear made it to the other side of the lake.  She rested on a high bluff looking for her cubs.  Unfortunately, the cubs both drowned, but the momma bear continued to wait, hoping her cubs would show up.  They never did, but instead, two islands were formed where the cubs were laid to rest.  The momma bear refused to move and became buried in sand, where she still rests today waiting for her cubs. 

Ace’s First Visit to Sleeping Bear Dunes


My Visits to the Dunes

The first time I went to sleeping bear dunes I was only 4 years old. I remember being so little and running up a huge sand dune – It was enormous!!  I was able to visit again recently, and even though I’m bigger, the sand dune still looked gigantic!  My little brother got to come with us this time, and we both ran up and down the sand dune.  I could barely keep up with my brother, but we had a ton of fun!

When you get to the top, it is super cool to see the lake. Even though you have to climb a long way, it’s totally worth it.  If you do get to the very top, my favorite thing to do there is to run down the hill because you get so much speed! It’s also fun to have a picnic by the lake, bird watch, or simply take in the beautiful sights.  I really got to experience all of the National Lakeshore this time and I’m glad I got to go.

Ace and his brother running down the Dunes


Why the Dunes are Fun

I think this trip was super fun because there are a lot of different things that you can do here.  For instance, there is boating, picnicking, camping, hiking, biking, and a bunch more!  My favorite thing about this trip is that you can run up and down the sand dunes. My brother and I raced up and down the dunes over and over again.  We also covered each other in the sand and even tried to build sandcastles. It was an excellent experience all around.

That’s my trip to Sleeping Bear Dunes – I hope everyone can go there one day!

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