January 2018

View of the Maurice River Watershed. Learn about this NPS project in this month’s newsletter. Photo courtesy of Citizens United to Protect the Maurice River and Its Tributaries, Inc.
New year, new adventures to be had! We hope 2018 will be another great year full of opportunities and memorable experiences for all our friends and our 65 schools across the country in the Buddy Bison Program. Check out the stories this month to learn how we closed out 2017 and watch our Year in Review video.

It’s chillier outside in some parts of the country, but now is a great time to visit parks! Fewer crowds and fewer leaves mean even more spectacular views. Take this time to find some waterfalls at your local parks – sometimes a hike is just what you need to lift your spirits in the winter. And if you're in 4th grade, check out the Every Kid in a Park website to find out how you can visit parks for free!
And remember, "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!"

Buddy Bison
Last Chance to Win Up to $1,000 for Your School!
If you attend a Title I school, your class is eligible to enter our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest for a chance to win $1,000 for the park experience of your dreams! There’s less than one month left to enter, so hurry to our website to learn more!
Whoooo Loves Raptors? Buddy Bison Kids!
Have you ever wanted to meet an owl? Neval Thomas Elementary’s (D.C.) 3rd graders did just that when Rodney Stotts from Earth Conservation Corps brought his rescued Eurasian eagle owl (the biggest species of owl in the world) to meet them. As a special treat, National Geographic showed up to film the whole amazing experience. The story will be released in the digital edition of their magazine later this month! A big Buddy Bison thank you to Pepco for making this unique presentation possible. Learn more about the Buddy Bison School Program on our website and how you too can support a school in your community.
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Sarah: Science for Everyone
Citizen science projects let anyone become a scientist for a day, and they're a great way to give back to our parks and rivers! Student Ambassador Sarah helped capture dragonfly larvae for a project along the Maurice River (NJ) in 2017. Read about her adventure here.
2017: That's a Wrap!
NPT 2017:  A Tremendous Year Thanks to You!
2017 was another epic year for National Park Trust and the Buddy Bison School Program. Check out our year-end video to see everything we were able to accomplish thanks to the generous support of our sponsors and donors like you!

If you and your family or class would like to contribute as well, your gift will help us preserve more parks across the country and get more kids outdoors to have their own park experiences. You can donate on our website or contact Maryann Kearns to learn more about how you can support our youth and park preservation programs.


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