Our youth programs have been selected as a National Park Service Centennial Challenge Project. Every dollar that we raise up to $450,000 will be matched to help us get under-served kids to parks. Donate now!
In partnership with NIPSCO, NPT has acquired 30 acres of land surrounding the Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore Visitor Center. The land will be donated to NPS this September. Read More.
The Ivanpah Desert Tortoise Research Facility at Mojave National Preserve (a partnership between Chevron, NPS, and NPT) released 48 desert tortoise hatchlings into the wild as part of its “head-start" program earlier this year. (Photo courtesy of Jacob Daly.)
Buddy Bison's Buzz - February 2012
Visiting the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC
Hiking at Shenandoah National Park, VA
Hanging out with some friends at Lake Mead, NV
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This February there are some fun ways to plan your park adventure. Visit my new and improved website www.buddybison.org, where you can play fun games, see a map of where I’ve been around the country, fill out a really cool activity book and find a nearby park to play. Then you will be ready to explore outdoors! The parks are yours!
Make sure you have your parents help you sign up to visit a nearby park for National Kids to Parks Day on May 19, 2012!
Deadline for National Kids to Parks Day Classroom Contest: March 1st!
Tell your parents and teachers: the deadline for NPT's first annual National Kids to Parks Day Classroom Contest is March 1st!
This new national contest is open to all schools across the country and in the U.S. territories. The theme of this year’s contest is “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!” You can submit your contest entry by clicking here. It's easy to do! NPT will award scholarships up to $1000 to winning entries. Awards will be used for your National Kids to Parks Day trip, so make sure you tell your parents and teachers to help you enter!
Remember: the deadline for entries is Thursday, March 1st. Winners will be announced Monday, March 19th.
I’ve made some big changes to my website! Now, when you visit www.buddybison.org, you will see a place marked “for kids”. When you click there you will be taken to a special page just for you! This page has school galleries, games, videos, pictures, a map of where I've been, a cool activity book, adventure stories from kids like you and much more! See you there!
Central Park School Gets Creative With Nature Poems
My friends from the Central Park School for Children in Durham, NC spent a lot of time creating some wonderful acrostic poems based on their experiences with nature. To see all of the students' poems, click here.
Aloha! Beauvoir's Pre-K Learns about Hawaii at the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC
The Panda class in Pre-K from Beauvoir, the National Cathedral Elementary School loved having me come with them to the U.S. Botanic Garden in Washington, DC. We got to see many beautiful Hawaiian plants such as orchids and anthurium. My favorite flower was the Bird of Paradise which actually looks like a blue bird with orange feathers on his head. The Pandas and I learned a lot about Hawaii and had a great time!
Deerfield Elementary Learns to Keep Our Waterways Clean
The students from Deerfield Run Elementary School in Laurel, MD went to a nearby stream to check its water quality using nets and bowls. The first thing they observed was that the water wasn't very clear. So, they immediately used one of the bowls to take a sample of the water. It was green. The kids and their Buddy Bison teacher Seth hunted for microorganisms for 30-40 minutes but the only things they found were shells and dead organisms. The Deerfield students learned that it is very hard for most organisms to survive in areas that are polluted.
Buddy Bison's Adventurer of the Month – Tim from Utah
Congratulations to Tim from Utah – my Adventurer of the Month for February! Tim and his family brought me along on their journey through Zion National Park in Utah. To read more about Tim's adventure, click here.
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Save the Date
The Second Annual National Kids to Parks Day is May 19, 2012!