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    The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage diverse children from Title I schools with their local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the numerous benefits of outdoor recreation. If parks are to survive, the face of those parks must change and under-served communities must have access to these local cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the Buddy Bison school program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch, predominantly in inner city communities. This program has been used in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th in public, public charter and private schools across the country (20 states and Washington D.C.).

    This experiential learning program enhances existing school curricula throughout the year with emphasis on STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) as well as history, language arts, reading, geography, the arts, and outdoor recreation. Students also learn about the careers of professionals who support our parks-- and the importance of stewarding our public lands. And in addition to bringing kids to parks, we bring parks to kids by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.

    To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Director of Youth Programs.
Skiing, Cats, and Dogs, Oh, My! Beauvoir 3rd Grade Adventures with Buddy Bison

February 2011

When Beauvoir National Cathedral Elementary (Washington, DC) students take Buddy Bison home in his backpack-on-the-go, you never know what adventures he’ll have. Below, some of Beauvoir’s third-grade students detail their recent visits with Buddy Bison.

Me, Buddy Bison, mom and dad went to Charlottesville, Virginia to see nature and to ski. We stayed at a hotel and Buddy ate some grass. Then Buddy came with us to dinner and ate a lot. The next day, we woke up early to go skiing. We drove for 45 minutes. When we arrived, we got our skis and asked the rental people if Buddy could ski with us. Buddy stayed in my pocket every time we went up and down the slopes. I had lots of fun skiing with Buddy.


Me and Buddy spent a lot of time in my yard at my house. Buddy and I were looking for nature that was never seen before. We found a very spicy leaf and you will read about it in my nature journal. Buddy had a great time with me at home and got along really well with my cat. 

On Sunday, my mom, Buddy and I went on a hike to the Montrose Park. When we got there, we saw a lot of dogs. We hiked down to the Rock Creek Park and back. It was fun and Buddy and I tried to climb up a rock but it did not work. When we were climbing the rocks, we saw some tents. Then we got back to the top of the park, and we saw more dogs.

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