August 2018


Hi there outdoor explorers! Buddy Bison here and I’ve got some exciting news for you this month! First, I’m inviting students and teachers across the country to come outside with me by applying for a Kids to Parks Day grant! Second, I talked with Buddy Bison School Program teacher and NPT board member Ms. Heimy Salgado about how she uses the outdoors as her classroom. Finally, do you want to learn something new from your own backyard? Use my Parks for Kids Guides to find a kid-friendly park in your state! By the way, don’t forget to follow my friend and Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey; she went to 11 parks this summer! How many did YOU visit this summer?

See you outside!

Let NPT Fund Your Field Trip!

I’m excited to announce that applications are available for the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest! Title I schools can enter and win up to $1,000 to fund a dream park experience.

I want to inspire kids and schools to explore the outdoors with me and use nature as their classroom. From Alaska to Hawaii, students of all ages joined me last year to learn new ways to explore the outdoors. What will you learn outside?

How the Outdoors Transforms the Lives of Students

Heimy Salgado from West Education Campus in Washington, DC is one of my many favorite teachers. Her students (pictured above at the Chesapeake Bay Environmental Center) are in the Buddy Bison School Program and boy have they become park stars! Because of our program, 60% of her students spend more time outdoors with their families. At the start of the year her male students preferred playing video games. Now 90% of them would rather play in nature! I interviewed her for Buzz to find out how she does it.
FREE Family Resource

Did you know that NPT has FREE guides to help you get started by identifying some of the best parks for kids in all 50 states?! There are many more you can discover on your own! My Parks for Kids guides list samples of great family activities you can find in your state. Just download, print, and GO!


Ambassador Audrey Explores Out West

Buddy Bison Student Ambassador Audrey (pictured above with Ranger John Slevin at Mesa Verde National Park) went on a Western adventure this summer with her Every Kid in a Park pass which gives all 4th graders and their families free access to National Park Service sites! Read her blog to discover the 11 parks she visited. You can also read her tips for getting the most out of your park experience. HINT: there is a lot you can learn from the Junior Ranger booklet!

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