Welcome to Week One of Camp Buddy Bison!

Over the next four weeks, you will explore four national park sites with our mascot Buddy Bison: Grand Canyon National Park, Big Cypress National Preserve, Yellowstone National Park, and Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

Each week Buddy will have five fun activities for you to enjoy, including experiments, crafts, virtual tours, Jr. Ranger Booklets, and eco-challenges. Complete one activity per day or learn at your own pace!

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This week we are going to explore Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. The South Rim is the most visited section of the park at 7,000 feet above sea level and up to one mile above the valley floor. In addition to the stunning geological features that make the park famous, Grand Canyon has ties to 11 different Native American tribes and is home to over 1,500 plants and 500 animals.

Click on the images to learn more about the Grand Canyon and get started on this week’s camp activities!

Get Moving

Get Moving

Buddy Bison has been working on his TikTok moves and wants you to join him! Learn the steps to the Blinding Lights Challenge and dance along with Buddy Bison. Then post your own recording on social media! Challenge your friends and get creative.

Water Smart

Water Smart

Water shaped the Grand Canyon into what it is today, and every day more and more people use up this limited resource. That’s why it is so important that we use our water wisely and not waste it. There are many simple things you can do to help. Learn how to conserve water at home by building smart water habits!

Virtual Tour

Virtual Tour

The best way to get a view of the Grand Canyon is to soar above it. Luckily, we don’t have to grow wings to take in the sights. Check out this virtual tour and see the park’s natural wonders for yourself!

Landscape Art

Landscape Art

The Grand Canyon’s cliffs, mesas, and valleys have inspired countless artists and photographers. Capture the beauty of the landscape’s rock formations and sunset backdrop using art supplies from home!

Jr. Archaeologist

Jr. Archaeologist

Learn the basics of archaeology by downloading and completing this NPS Junior Ranger Booklet. Once finished with all of the activities, submit your booklet to the National Park Service to receive a Junior Ranger badge for your hard work!The best way to get a view of the Grand Canyon is to soar above it. Luckily, we don’t have to grow wings to take in the sights. Check out this virtual tour and see the park’s natural wonders for yourself!

Canyon Carver

Canyon Carver

The force of the Colorado River has carved the rock of the Grand Canyon over millions of years. Try this experiment at home and observe the effects of water erosion…without the million-year wait.The Grand Canyon’s cliffs, mesas, and valleys have inspired countless artists and photographers. Capture the beauty of the landscape’s rock formations and sunset backdrop using art supplies from home!

NATIONAL PARK TRUST BRINGS SUMMER CAMP TO KIDS AT HOME WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL PARK-THEMED GRAB AND GO ACTIVITIES

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 2, 2020

Media Contact: Olwen Pongrace at 202.253.3190 or olwen@parktrust.org

NATIONAL PARK TRUST BRINGS SUMMER CAMP TO KIDS AT HOME WITH WEEKLY NATIONAL PARK-THEMED GRAB AND GO ACTIVITIES

“Camp Buddy Bison” to Feature Weekly Activities Focused on Getting to Know National Parks, Carbon Footprint Reduction, Virtual Park Tours, Art, Science, and More

Washington, D.C. (July 2, 2020) – While summertime usually means it’s time to head off to camp, we know many kids and families will be at home this summer season due to social distancing measures. That’s why the National Park Trust and their mascot, Buddy Bison are bringing camp to kids with their new Camp Buddy Bison, which features weekly national park-themed activities. This four-week program, which begins July 6th, will be delivered via email and provides participants (most appropriate for upper-elementary aged children) with five weekly free activities that can be completed at home and facilitated by a parent or caregiver.

Each week will include activities centered around carbon footprint reduction, virtual park visits, park-themed activities, science lessons, and crafts. The national parks featured in Camp Buddy Bison include:

  • Week I – Big Cypress National Preserve
  • Week II – Great Smoky Mountains National Park
  • Week III – Yellowstone National Park
  • Week IV – Grand Canyon National Park

To complete the camp experience, participants can opt to purchase a Buddy Bison t-shirt to wear during camp and National Park Trust will donate a t-shirt to a deserving student in the Buddy Bison School Program.

“During this unique summer camp season where physical distancing is recommended, we want to give kids and families the opportunity to stay engaged with our nation’s parks,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director, National Park Trust. “Our parks are wonderful classrooms and we are thrilled to bring them home to families by providing fun virtual and hands-on activities.”

To learn more about Camp Buddy Bison, please sign up for National Park Trust’s newsletter.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST

National Park Trust is a non-profit dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. The Park Trust is the only land trust with a comprehensive mission of preserving national parks through land protection and creating a pipeline of future park stewards by connecting kids to parks. Since 1983, National Park Trust has benefitted 48 national park sites across 28 states, one U.S. Territory, and Washington, D.C. Annually, the Park Trust provides an estimated 20,000 under-served kids with park trips through their nationally recognized Buddy Bison Programs and Kids to Parks Day National School Contest, both of which support Title I schools. Find out more at www.parktrust.org.

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Discover America’s Lakes and Seashores with Buddy Bison!

As June quickly approaches, you may find yourself daydreaming about swimming in lakes or taking long walks on the beach. Did you know that some of the country’s most beautiful lakes and seashores are protected as national parks?

This week with our mascot Buddy Bison, learn about the difference between freshwater and saltwater parks and discover an endangered sea turtle that calls Padre Island National Seashore (TX) home.

Summer is a great time to explore different kinds of national parks such as national lakes and seashores. Parks including Crater Lake National Park (OR) and Lake Mead National Recreation Area (NV, AZ) have freshwater ecosystems. Other parks like Fire Island National Seashore (NY) and Gulf Islands National Seashore (FL, MS) have saltwater ecosystems.

The type of water found in a park (and its density) determine what animals can survive there. Learn how salt can affect water density by doing a simple experiment with an egg and a glass of water.  Click below for all of the details.

Padre Island National Seashore in Texas is not only the longest stretch of undeveloped barrier island in the world, but it is also a nesting ground for the Kemp’s ridley sea turtle. The Kemp’s ridley is critically endangered and nests at Padre Island more than any other location in the United States.

Learn about the features that distinguish this sea turtle from other sea turtle species, then make a lifesize model using materials from home.

Celebrate Memorial Day With Buddy Bison

The Memorial Day holiday marks the beginning of warmer weather, outdoor adventures, and the approach of summer days. More importantly it is a day of remembrance and occurs during National Military Appreciation Month. This is a time when we reflect on the things that we value about our country and pay tribute to those who protect it every day.

Celebrate Memorial Day with our mascot Buddy Bison by writing a patriotic poem and learning about how Civil War soldiers communicated while on the battlefield.

Memorial Day is a time of remembrance for those who lost their lives while serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. Many national park sites were established to preserve these stories and the sacrifices made by service members throughout our nation’s history.

Create a shape poem about the United States and reflect on what makes you proud of our country.  Is it the diversity of your community or the beauty of our national parks? Grab a pencil, let the creativity begin, and share your poem with a loved one.

Without modern technology, Civil War soldiers had to find creative ways to communicate in secret. Learn about signal flags with Buddy Bison and discover how soldiers who fought in the Battle of Antietam (which took place in Maryland) used flags, codes, and ciphers to send and encrypt messages. Then create your own flag, establish a secret code, and send coded messages to your friends and family.