February 2018

Can you name this park? HINT: The Antelope Creek people lived here thousands of years ago. Find the answer in this newsletter! Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
How are you showing your love for parks this Valentine’s Day? National Park Trust is celebrating by announcing the winners of our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest! Check out our lucky winners on our website on February 14th.

In the meantime, see how our Buddy Bison kids kicked off Black History Month, as well as their adventures in maritime history, marine life, and even outer space! Plus, Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey Elliott shared her love of the outdoors with her school.
And remember, "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!"

Buddy Bison
Honoring Black History Month and Environmental Leadership
From left to right: Georgia-Pacific (GP) Foundation President Curley Dossman, M. Agnes Jones Elementary (Atlanta) Principal Dr. Margul Woolfolk, Buddy Bison, Teacher Chelsea Vines, and GP Senior Director Beverly Ferguson, pictured with the 3rd grade class.
To kick off Black History Month, the 3rd graders from M. Agnes Jones Elementary (GA) visited the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park...but only after National Park Trust surprised their teacher Mrs. Chelsea Vines with “The Buddy” National Educator Award for Outstanding Environmental Stewardship! A big Buddy Bison thank you goes to the Georgia-Pacific Foundation for supporting this school and for helping us to honor Mrs. Vines. We love honoring Buddy Bison educators! Read more. 
All Aboard the Good Ship Buddy Bison!
Pennycook (CA) 4th graders at the San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park. Photo courtesy of Melissa Nilson.
Our Buddy Bison Schools in California “set sail” last month with field trips to learn about their state’s history on the sea. Pennycook Elementary’s 30 4th graders visited San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park, where they explored two historic ships and discovered the harbor’s marine life.

Meanwhile, on the other side of the bay, 100 4th graders from Vargas Elementary journeyed to the Rosie the Riveter/WWII Home Front National Historical Park and the SS Red Oak Victory. Each student received their Every Kid in a Park pass too. Special thanks to Penny and Adrian Bellamy for sponsoring both of these Buddy Bison Schools this year and for helping them to foster a love for the great outdoors.
To Infinity and Beyond!
6th graders from the Washington School for Girls (DC) arrive at the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium. 
Even winter can be a good time for a field trip! 18 sixth-grade students from the Washington School for Girls (DC) ventured out to the Rock Creek Park Nature Center and Planetarium in January. They loved exploring the wonders of outer space (through the National Park Service's only planetarium) and hiking along the wooded trails. A special thanks to Mike and Carol Steed for sponsoring this Buddy Bison school for the past 6 years.  
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey: Valuing Culture and Our Parks
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey (in green,right) and her friend Caroline representing our parks at their school’s Culture Night. 
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey Elliott has been busy! Not only did she visit Fort Frederica National Monument in St. Simons Island, GA but she also represented her love of parks (and Buddy Bison) at her school’s family culture night. Go to her blog on our website to learn more!
Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX). Photo courtesy of NPS.
A Park Full of History
Did you ever want to be an archaeologist like Indiana Jones? At Lake Meredith National Recreation Area (TX), National Park Trust is helping to preserve an archaeological area containing evidence that the Antelope Creek people, a Native American tribe, used to live there. We love helping the National Park Service protect critical lands inside of and next to national parks. To learn more about how we are helping, visit our website or contact Phil Selleck, park projects director at (301) 279-7275 ext. 14


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