Buddy Bison's Buzz - August 2011

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Hey Kids,

Did you know that August is National Beach Month?  The Continental United States has over 12,000 miles of coastline. Did you know that some of our national parks are beaches? The beach is a great place to play ball, collect seashells, take a walk, swim and learn about our oceans and marine life. 

If you live near a beach, I hope you will visit one this month. You can also learn about our national seashores online. Check out these amazing beaches!

Your Friend,

Buddy Bison

National Seashores Coast–to–Coast
The United States has ten National Seashores that are part of our  National Park Service. These coastal areas were designated by Congress because they have important natural significance and are worth protecting. Cape Hatteras, in North Carolina was the first national seashore established in 1953.



Explore Your Parks The North Face (TNF), National Park Trust, American Hiking Society, Leave No Trace and local partners are hosting some great events to promote the importance of being active and getting outdoors to explore our state parks.

There will be guided hikes, activities, snacks, free park passes and more. Some of my friends from Buddy Bison Partner Schools went to an Explore Your Parks event in Virginia in May and we had so much fun. If you live close to one of these events, don't miss it!

October 1: Fort Snelling State Park, 9:00 AM – Noon, St. Paul, Minnesota

October 8: Franklin D. Roosevelt State Park, 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM Yorktown Heights, New York

Volunteer at a Park on National Public Lands Day
September 24, 2011
National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation's largest, single–day volunteer event for public lands in the United States. In 2011, you and your family can volunteer and help preserve our nation’s parks. NPLD began in 1994 with three sites and 700 volunteers. Last year, 170,000 volunteers worked at over 2,080 sites in every state, the District of Columbia and in many U.S. territories. That's a lot of volunteers!

NPLD volunteers:

  • Removed an estimated 450 tons of trash
  • Collected an estimated 20,000 pounds of invasive plants
  • Built and maintained an estimated 1,320 miles of trails
  • Planted an estimated 100,000 trees, shrubs and other native plants
  • Contributed an estimated $15 million to improve public lands across the country


Getting Dirty is Fun
My friends in Homer, Alaska, celebrated National Kids to Parks Day with Mud Games.  Parents and kids played in oozing muck in the Wallow at Cottonwood Horse Park in Homer, Alaska.  Afterwards, they enjoyed pony rides and face painting.  Thanks to Carmen Field from Nature Rocks Homer for sending me these great photos.  Just another great way to have fun in a park!


Please consider volunteering with your children for National Public Lands Day. Volunteering for this event is a great way to teach your children about the importance of community service and preserving our nation’s parks.


NEW Toolkit!
The Buddy Bison Toolkit has been revised and improved for the 2011-12 school year. You will be receiving a copy this month.

Grant Opportunities
These grant opportunities may provide funding to support environmental education initiatives.

Green Thumb Challenge
The Green Thumb Challenge from the Green Education Foundation (GEF) aims to connect children with nature and the healthy benefits of gardening. Learn more.

America's Home Energy Challenge
America's Home Energy Challenge is designed to teach students in grades 3–8 about energy, its use and the link between saving money and energy. Learn more.

Green Job Pathways for Youth

The Corps Network has released a new publication that illustrates how to prepare young people for jobs and careers in a growing green economy titled, A Green Career Pathways Framework: Postsecondary and Employment Success for Low–Income, Disconnected Youth.

You will find this information very useful in teaching your students.

"Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Buddy Bison wants you to visit, explore and protect our nation's parks. Bring him along as you roam and tell everyone Where Buddy Bison's Been!

National Park Trust / 401 East Jefferson Street, Suite 102, Rockville, MD 20850/ 301–279–PARK (7275)

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