My name is Ethan Basile. I’ll be 11 years old this September, and I live in Beaverton, Oregon. I’ve been to about 30 National Parks, plus lots of other sites, and I’ve done the Junior Ranger program at many of them. I love how each National park is unique and offers something different to explore, and I like hiking with my family. I love being outdoors because you can breathe the fresh air, feel alive, and take a break from technology.
Robbie Bond is the Founder of Kids Speak for Parks which was launched in July 2017. A 12-year-old Hawaiian native, Bond grew up on the island of Oahu and has always had a passion for the environment and the protection of our nation’s natural wonders. Robbie created Kids Speak for Parks to ensure that our parks and monuments will remain protected long into the future. Robbie is committed to ensuring his peers across the country learn to understand and appreciate how truly vital national parks and monuments are to our country and why they should be preserved for future generations.
Robbie attends middle school in Reno, Nevada and is in the 8th grade. He is also a student at the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth and he is a Davidson Young Scholar. In 2016 Robbie received a medal for high honors in the Johns Hopkins Talent Search for mathematics. Robbie is grateful for the many awards and opportunities that have amplified his efforts, including the Diana Award, Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, Action for Nature International Young Eco-Hero. A Delta Airlines Green up Youth Advisory Board member, Google Expeditions partner, National Park Trust student representative, and international youth ambassador for Litterati, Robbie has an episode of Marvel’s Hero Project “Roving Robbie” now streaming on Disney +.
In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing golf, fishing, snorkeling, voice-over acting and surfing. He loves the outdoors because he likes to connect with nature and “unplug”. Being outdoors is fun and peaceful! Participating in outdoor activities has made me more confident.
In his free time, Robbie enjoys playing golf, fishing, snorkeling, voice-over acting and surfing. He loves the outdoors because he likes to connect with nature and “unplug”. Being outdoors is fun and peaceful! Participating in outdoor activities has made him more confident.
You can follow Robbie on Instagram @kidsspeakforparks or on Facebook @kidsspeakforparks
I’m Noah, I’m 14 years old, and I live in California. I enjoy spending time outdoors because I like seeing all the different animals that live in the wilderness. I have seen coyotes, rattlesnakes, and a desert tortoise in Joshua Tree National Park, and black bears in Sequoia National Park. Hiking is my favorite activity, and my favorite trails are in Olympic National Park. My dream trip would be visiting the parks in Alaska and getting to see Denali National Park. As a Buddy Bison Youth Leader, I hope to inspire people to explore the outdoors, and to learn
more about our public lands.
You can follow Noah on Instagram @declan_and_noah_explore.
My name is Declan, I’m 11, and I live in California. My favorite park is Carlsbad Caverns. In school, my favorite subject is science and I like learning about the earth and how things like caves and caverns are formed. I’ve also explored slot canyons with my family, which was a lot of fun. As a youth leader, I want to help kids get involved in cleaning up their local parks and outdoor spaces. Keeping the outdoors clean and protected is important to me. If I could visit any park site, it would be Pearl Harbor National Memorial in Hawaii.
You can follow Declan on Instagram @declan_and_noah_explore.
Kate is 15 years old and lives in New York. She wants to preserve the outdoors and national parks because she knows it is important that we maintain what’s left of the natural biodiversity in our country. She wants to help the National Park Trust promote the protection and importance of our parks. She likes visiting the parks and thinks that others should learn the value and importance of them too.
You can follow Kate on Instagram @jrRangerKate.
My name is Penny Robledo. I am 10 years old and I’m in the 5th grade. I am from Southern California. I love to explore our national parks. My favorite outdoor activity is hiking. I started my national parks’ journey when I was 5 years old. My first ever national park is also my favorite park, The Grand Canyon. I hold so many special memories there. I want to be a good example and encourage other children to go out and explore and learn at our parks. My dream park trip would be to visit America’s first national park, Yellowstone National Park. I’m looking forward to sharing all of my park adventures with you all!
You can follow Penny on Instagram @littlesinginghiker.
Hi, I’m Amari, a 10-year-old DC kid that loves the parks! My favorite local park is Rock Creek Park. I like to watch the fish and swim in the creek.The nature center is pretty cool too. One day I hope to go to Yellowstone National Park to see the geysers and bison. I was inspired to become a Buddy Bison Youth Leader after my 3rd grade class took a camping trip to Calvert Cliffs State Park through the Buddy Bison School Program. I knew that some kids didn’t have or know about these opportunities so I want to encourage kids to get out more in nature and do the things I did because it’s really fun and keeps you healthy.
You can follow Amari on Instagram @sowah_outdoors.
Hi there! My name is Clara Timmons and I am 14 years old. I live in the great state of Oklahoma and travel as much as I can. I love going around to National Parks because it gives me an opportunity to expand my knowledge of the world around me, and lets me share my amazing experiences with my incredible family. If you ever see me at a park I am probably camping, hiking, kayaking or on some other kind of adventure. Park on!
You can follow Clara on Instagram @Clara_Timmons_Junior_Ranger.