Buddy Bison® School Program - Kids need parks & parks need kids
The Buddy Bison school program was created in 2009 to engage Title I school children with local, state and national parks to teach environmental education and the 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 cultural and environmental resources. More than 80% of the students in the program qualify for free or reduced-priced lunch. This program has benefited children in 60 schools across the country in grades pre-K through 8th . This hands-on program enhances existing school curricula with an 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-- by arranging schools visits from our many conservation partners.
National Park Trust provides classroom toolkits, with teacher resources, and organizes fully funded park trips (including bus transportation) for each school.
To learn more about how you can get involved, contact Billy Schrack, NPT Director of Youth Programs.
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