My name is Tigran Nahabedian and I am a fourth grader at Ojai Valley School in Ojai, California. Ojai Valley School teaches that "Time in the wilderness generates important lessons and skills." I learned the importance of exploring the wilderness and that’s why I like the Junior Ranger programs. They help guide my activities in the parks. I have completed 44 Junior Ranger programs so far and was the first Junior Ranger Underwater Explorer at Channel Islands National Park. I am a volunteer at Channel Islands National Park as a Special Events Information Specialist, Division of Interpretation (It’s a really long title!). I helped the Park Service with the Find Your Park campaign and I represented the Let’s Move Outside program when Michelle Obama invited me to help plant the White House garden. One day, I want to be the Director of the National Park Service.
It is an honor to be the first student Buddy Bison Ambassador. I want to help support children who can’t afford to go to the National Parks by encouraging people to purchase a Buddy Bison. Going to the National Parks should be a right, not a privilege.
I think it is important for kids to go to parks because it helps them learn to appreciate nature. The National Parks are great places to see wild animals in their natural habitats. Some of my favorite animals I have seen are island foxes, bald eagles, bison, elk, dolphins, bears, and many more. Going to parks is great fun for you and your family. Exploring nature gives kids exercise so they will be healthy. Activities in the outdoors build confidence and teach perseverance. At Olympic National Park, I went on a long night hike and saw so many animals up close.
I like to take pictures with Buddy Bison outdoors because Buddy Bison loves adventure like I do.