July 2018

Hey there, park stewards!

Buddy Bison here. This month, I want to shout-out to some of the awesome places I've been with you all. I got to investigate oysters at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center, fossil hunt at Calvert Cliff State Park, and "shell-a-brate" the rebuilding of reefs in the Delaware Bay. I had so much fun exploring the outdoors! Keep on reading to hear more about the recent adventures of our park stewards, outdoor classrooms, and student ambassadors. 
Have you ever wondered what you could do to help parks? NPT’s Kids to Parks Day School Contest winners did too! They found small but impactful ways to be park stewards for their local parks. I hope their stories will inspire you to take care of your local parks!
NPT’s Buddy Bison Schools in Washington, DC ended their year studying birds, fossils, and oysters with me in our parks! Research has shown that outdoor classroom experiences can lead to better health, engagement, and even better test scores. Find out what these students learned in their “green classroom” by clicking the photos below!
A big Buddy Bison thanks to the featured Washington, DC school sponsors:
West Education Campus — U.S. Forest Service
Stokes Public Charter  — The North Face
Patterson Elementary — DecisionPoint
Neval Thomas — Pepco
"Shell-a-brating" Healthy Ecosystems

Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Sarah Hullihen participated in the 4th annual Newport, New Jersey “Shell-A-Bration,” a citizen science project this spring. Check out Sarah’s blog to see how she used whelk shells to help rebuild reefs, and learn why a healthy beach is important to the Delaware Bay ecosystem.


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