While some people dream of sugar plums, I’m dreaming of next year’s park adventures! I’ve had a wonderful year exploring parks with you and I hope you will start making plans with me to get outside in 2019!
In the meantime, the holidays are a great time to discover and enjoy parks in your community with friends and family.
Have you applied for your Kids to Parks Day School Contest Grant? Your class can receive up to $1,000 to visit a park near you! The deadline to apply is February 14, 2019.
In past years, the Kids to Parks Day School Contest has made it possible for Krista Gordon and 420 of her students to explore the ocean and learn about whales at Lime Kiln Point State Park in Washington. Read more about the great work Krista has done with students thanks to the Kids to Parks Day School Contest.
Last month, Buddy Bison students found that amazing parks can be found in big cities! Mullanphy ILC visited Gateway Arch National Park (left) in Missouri and discovered why it is the “Gateway to the West” thanks to wonderful generosity of The North Face. In California, Annie Pennycook Elementary discovered wildlife and history at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park (right). A Buddy Bison round of applause for the Bellamy Family for making their trip possible!
At both of these adventures, the students also learned about and received their Every Kid in a Park passes which provide free admission to federal public lands for 4th graders and their families. If you are a 4th grader (or know one), visit everykidinapark.gov to get your park pass which can open doors to all of our nation’s federal public lands!
This month, Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey Elliot shares her park adventures from her recent visit to Washington, DC and her own insider secret to visiting multiple parks in one day.