March 2018

Can you name this park? HINT: It honors the site of one of the most famous battles of the Civil War. Find the answer in this newsletter! Photo courtesy of the National Park Service.
With daylight savings time here, that means that spring will be around the corner. We recently announced our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest winners –  I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the change of seasons.

As the days get “longer” and there are more hours of daylight, remember to get outside and find your local parks. Share your photos by tagging me on social media using #BuddyBison.
What are you waiting for? "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!"

Buddy Bison
A Round of Applause for Our School Contest Winners
Students from Leasure Elementary at Longwood Gardens (PA). Photo courtesy of Timothy Werbrich.
Last month we announced that 92 schools from 35 states and Washington, D.C. were selected as winners of our Kids to Parks Day National School Contest. The winning schools represent 5,116 students (grades K through 12). They will explore 90 local, state and national parks and public lands in celebration of Kids to Parks Day thanks to generous support from our lead sponsors Northside USA and First Solar Corporate Charitable Fund of the Toledo Community Foundation. Congratulations to our schools! Check out the full list here.
Buddy Bison Schools "Forge" Ahead
Chester CCS (PA) at Valley Forge National Historical Park. Photo courtesy of Tracey Zetek.
Have you ever wanted to live through history? The 5th graders from Chester Community Charter School (PA) experienced the life of a Revolutionary War soldier at Valley Forge National Historical Park last month. They marched the same lines that the first American Army did, “practiced drills” with wooden carvings of muskets, and explored the historic cabins where the soldiers slept. Our huge thanks to the Wyss Charitable Endowment for continuing to support this Buddy Bison School!
Building a Forest Connection

Photo courtesy of Annika McPeek.
30 3rd and 4th graders from Hoover Elementary (CA) explored the ancient redwood forest at Muir Woods National Monument (pictured left) last month. Did you know some of the redwoods are nearly 1,000 years old? Muir Woods is one of the last remaining old-growth redwood forests in the Bay Area. The students learned about the Coast Miwok Native American people's relationship to the woods which laid the foundation for building their own relationship with the forest. This is another Buddy Bison School whose trip was made possible thanks to the Wyss Charitable Endowment.
We Think Parks Are SWEET!
Wolfe Street Academy 3rd graders experienced the maple sugaring process at Oregon Ridge Nature Center (MD).
Spring came early to Baltimore (MD), so Wolfe Street Academy’s 28 3rd graders enjoyed a beautiful day “maple sugaring” at Oregon Ridge Nature Center. They learned the history of sugaring in Maryland and even tasted some syrup made from the park’s very own trees. Want to try it yourself? Look for a sugar festival at a park near you. A big Buddy Bison thank you to MCS Services for supporting this school and their trips this year. If your school or family is interested in supporting an under-served school in your community, contact Maryann Kearns at
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Tigran: Volunteer Season in Full Bloom
Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Tigran Nahabedian and friend at Channel Islands National Park (CA). Photo courtesy of Vahagn Nahabedian.
Our national parks preserve America’s native plants and animals. However, often invasive species try to take over the land. Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Tigran Nahabedian and his classmates from the Ojai Valley School (CA), who regularly volunteer at Channel Islands National Park (Ventura, CA), helped to restore Anacapa Island by removing the invasive red-flowered iceplant from the island. They also replanted affected areas with native plant species.

Read more about Tigran’s important volunteer efforts on his blog. Are you inspired to help your park? Contact your local park’s volunteer coordinator!
Four Score and Seven Years Ago...
The Henry Spangler Farm at Gettysburg National Military Park (PA). Photo courtesy of NPS.
Gettysburg National Military Park celebrated its 123rd birthday last month. Abraham Lincoln gave his famous address at this important battlefield at the dedication of the expansive cemetery. Did you know that in 1998, NPT worked with the Civil War Trust and Friends of the National Parks at Gettysburg to protect and preserve this historic scene with a 135-acre easement? We love helping the National Park Service protect critical lands located inside of and next to our national parks. To learn more about NPT’s park projects visit our website or contact Phil Selleck at


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