One of my friends playing in the snow at Yellowstone National Park!
Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! I sure did. If you didn’t have the opportunity to visit one of our national, state, or local parks with your family and friends during your long break, now is your chance! During Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend (January 13 - 16), admission to every national park is free!
Have fun and remember to have your parents send me your pictures!
New This Year: Kids to Parks Day Classroom Contest
This year NPT is launching the first annual National Kids to Parks Day Classroom Contest. This new national contest is open to all schools across the country and in U.S. territories. The theme of this year’s contest is “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”Submit your contest entry by March 1st. It's easy to do! NPT will award scholarships up to $1000 to winning entries. Awards will be used to implement KTP events during the week leading up to May 19th.
Remember: Deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1st. Winners will be announced Monday, March 19th.
Harmony Hills Elementary and their Buddy Bison Backpacks
The creek at the Matthew Henson Trail.
The second grade students at Harmony Hills Elementary School in Silver Spring, MD enjoy taking home “Buddy Backpacks” on the weekends and writing about their outdoor adventures with me!
On one recent weekend, I enjoyed a visit to the Matthew Henson Trail in Silver Spring, MD with Daisy. She helped me write about our trip: “I went on a bike ride with Daisy, her dad, and Cal, her dog. I liked Cal. My favorite part was the water. I saw and heard a creek at the Matthew Henson Trail.”
Kevin, another one of my new friends, also went to the Matthew Henson Trail and Wheaton Regional Park with me. He helped me write about our trip as well: "We saw a lake, deer, deer hoof prints, lots of trees, fish, a bridge, and birds. We also heard birds singing. We had great adventures together!"
Discovery Charter School Explores Outdoors
I have been receiving a lot of great stories from the students at Discovery Charter School in Porter, IN who are doing very interesting things from protecting their local environment to visiting parks across the world! Here are some of their park activities and what they wrote about them:
Miss Allison and Mr. Simon’s 5th grade classes went on a garbage hunting hike:
“We went on the trail to look for garbage and we found about 20 tires and 50 glass bottles and we also found lots of paper. We were on the trail for 2 hours. We filled up all the bags we had. Some of us thought there was too much garbage in the woods. Some of the boys found a seat to a car and a lawnmower. We found lots of things that can hurt the environment. We were all thankful to get it out of our woods and thrown away or recycled.”
1st grader William met a boa constrictor in Mexico:
“We went to El Refugio de Potosi, near Zihvatanejo, Mexico. They take care of sick or hurt animals and make them better. The picture of Buddy is with a boa constrictor!”
1st grade students visited Kemil Beach in Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore:
“On November 11, 2011, Buddy Bison went with the Discovery School’s first grade to Kemil Beach in the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore. The first grade was exploring the Dunes habitat. They were looking for animal homes and signs of hibernation.”
3rd grader Sander took Buddy to Coffee Creek to see salmon:
“On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Buddy went to Coffee Creek. I don’t know if Buddy liked it, but I did! We watched salmon on a log. Also we jumped two times over a polluted creek. We had a great time.”
2nd grader Drake visited Cumberland Caverns, TN:
“We went to a cave in Tennessee and it was big. The cave is 27.6 miles long. It was discovered over 200 years ago. It was so much fun!”
Bullis School – from Alaska to Volcanoes!
Over the summer, Kyra – a third grade student at Bullis School in Potomac, MD – brought me along on her trip to Kenai Fjords National Park, AK. I had a great time and I would like to thank Kyra for sending some very nice pictures!
The third grade class at Bullis has also been busy narrating the story “Buddy Bison: In Search of Volcanoes” written by Rob Cohen. Click here to listen to the narration and see the wonderful illustrations!
Buddy Bison's Adventurer of the Month – Jenni McGinnis from Gaithersburg, MD
Jenni with me at the Washington Monument on the Appalachian Trail.
Congratulations to my Adventurer of the Month – Jenni McGinnis from Gaithersburg, MD! Jenni has taken me to parks on the east coast, west coast and in between. It is clear that she loves and appreciates the natural world.
Here is what Jenni had to say about winning the award:
“I am honored and thrilled to accept the Adventurer of the Month Award! I am so passionate about our national parks and love visiting and sharing my love with everyone I meet! Buddy is the only other “person”
Jenni with me and her official Adventurer of the Month certificate.
I know who loves the parks as much as I do. So far Buddy and I have visited Harper’s Ferry, Greenbrier State Park, and Seattle, where I introduced him to my best friend Eowyn. I look forward to bringing Buddy on more adventures in the future!”
Jenni, you are a role model for kids of all ages!
I found out about Jenni's adventures through the National Park Trust Facebook page! This is where you (or your parents) can upload your own park photos, and if you do, you could be selected as the next Adventurer of the Month!
PARENT / TEACHER CORNER
Save the Date
The Second Annual National Kids to Parks Day is May 19, 2012!
This month we recognized Jenni McGinnis as Buddy Bison’s Adventurer of the Month. Every month, right here in Buddy Bison’s Buzz, we will announce the winner of this award. It will be given to someone who has recently demonstrated a passion for adventure, exploration, and environmental stewardship at one of our parks. They will be featured in an article in Buddy Bison’s Buzz and receive a Buddy Bison T-shirt and signed certificate from NPT.
You can nominate your own child, student or friend to be Adventurer of the Month. Have them write a short description of their park experience and be sure to include pictures if possible! Please send submissions to firstname.lastname@example.org. By submitting pictures you are giving us permission to use them in our online and print publications and social media.
Free Admission to All National Parks on MLK Weekend (1/13 - 1/16)
The National Park Service has made admission to all its parks FREE during Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend (1/13 - 1/16). Click here for more information.
"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!
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