September 2018


Hi there outdoor explorers! Buddy Bison here and I am getting ready to help my local parks for the 25th anniversary of National Public Lands Day on September 22, 2018. I’m also checking in this month with some Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners. With school back in session it's time to apply for a 2019 park grant from NPT. Finally, Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Bryan is here to share his Tips for Road Trips.

See you outside!

Give Back to your Park on Public Lands Day

The 25th Annual Public Lands Day is coming to a park near you on September 22, 2018!

For the last several years, I’ve celebrated the National Environmental Education Foundation’s Public Lands Day along with National Park Service, US Forest Service, and too many other partners to count!

National Public Lands Day (NPLD) is the nation’s largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Many federal public lands including national parks are FREE to enter on this day. Find an NPLD event or use our Park Finder map to find a great National Park Service site near you.

Last month, I shared the outdoor adventures of some our 2018 Kids to Parks Day National School Contest winners. Now, let’s take a dive into the incredible hands-on learning that happens when you step out of the classroom and into your local park! Maybe their experiences will inspire your own entry to the contest. 

Tendoy Elementary at Craters of the Moon National Monument and Reserve

Tendoy Elementary 5th graders explored Craters of the Moon National Monument and Reserve (ID). Photo courtesy of Tendoy ES.

Craters of the Moon was the best field trip, and best place I’ve ever been to. I learned a lot. Like, the huge dried up lava grounds are called the Great Rift!” - Callen, 5th grader.
Cozier Elementary at Lime Kiln Point State Park

Cozier Elementary 4th graders journeyed to Lime Kiln Point State Park (WA). Photo courtesy of Krista Gordon.

Students asked themselves, “How will I apply what I learn to make a difference where I live?” Their field trip was part of a lesson on how societies interact with the natural world.


Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Bryan created a handy list of “Tips for Road Trips” to help you plan your next park adventure. Junior Ranger Bryan has traveled all around the East Coast, Midwest, and even in Canada to explore the outdoors and wants to help you make your next road trip with kids successful!

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