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.