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Can you guess this park? It is the hottest place in the country, holding the record for the entire Western
Hemisphere since July 1913: 134 degrees Fahrenheit!Photo courtesy of Morgan Phillips, on behalf of 
Give Wild
. Read more about it and our new partner Artifact Uprising below. Answer for July: Great Falls Park

Welcome back teachers, students, principals and staff to another great year of exploring parks and outdoor places with me, Buddy Bison! We had a great start of the school year with the National Park Service's (NPS) Centennial. Read below to learn about the many great adventures I had this special day. The new school year also brings the second year of the President's Every Kid in a Park initiative. So if you are a new 4th-grader, you can visit any federal land or water with you family for free! Download your free voucher here.

Next up on Buddy’s calendar is National Public Lands Day on Saturday, September 24th. I plan on camping under the stars and you can find your own adventure on the National Environmental Education Foundation’s website. This foundation is one of our terrific partners for Kids to Parks Day.

Now get out and go!
Buddy Bison

Students celebrate at Fort McHenry with Superintendent Tina Cappetta. Happy 100th birthday, NPS!

Buddy Bison Celebrates the Centennial

Last month, I shared with you that parks around the country would be celebrating the NPS Centennial on August 25, 2016 and for the rest of the weekend too – and what a celebration it was! I checked out Fort McHenry in Maryland, Valley Forge in Pennsylvania, and Richmond National Battlefield and the George Washington Memorial Parkway in Virginia. All the parks had special Founder’s Day events open to the public to honor 100 years of the National Park Service.

A whole bunch of 3rd through 5th graders from the Y in Central Maryland and I marched with musical reenactors to the fort. There, we unfurled a replica of the same flag that flew over the fort during the Battle of Baltimore in the War of 1812. It is 30 by 42 feet – that’s almost as long as 5 American bisons! We also learned what life was like for a soldier during the war and earned our Centennial Junior Ranger badges. Caesar's Horseshoe Baltimore, who made this whole event possible, brought their HERO volunteers and their 2 HERO; Stars Sandra Martinez and Todd Anderson to team up with the National Park Service and teach us all about how important service is.

Speaking of service, if you have a creative idea to help your own community, check out YSA’s Summer of Service grants. You can receive up to $500 to make a positive change for the people around you! Applications are due September 30, so better hustle!
Cheyenne Roundtree, pictured with Wilson Sorto, was featured by the White House the week of the NPS Centennial.

Buddy Bison Student Featured by the White House

Meet Cheyenne Roundtree! She’s a 5th grader at Beacon Heights Elementary in Riverdale, Maryland. Cheyenne wrote a letter to the White House about the President’s Every Kid in a Park initiative and why parks are important, and they featured her letter to help celebrate the NPS Centennial. Her visits to parks with her family and school inspired her to write her very own book, For the Love of Water
– and she’s not even in high school yet!

You can live your own adventure and find inspiration in parks too. Check out to find a park near you.

Read Cheyenne’s letter here.
Sarah had to stop and get a picture with "President Theodore Roosevelt," one of the greatest conservers of national parks, and posing like the famous "Signer" statue. Photo courtesy of Cheryl Hullihen.

Independence National Park with Ambassador Sarah

Sarah Hullihen, our newest Buddy Bison Student Ambassador, wants all of us to know the importance and significance of the NPS Centennial. Naturally, with service as
our theme, Sarah celebrated the day by volunteering at one of her favorite parks, Independence National Historical Park in Philadelphia, PA and sharing this blog:

"Do YOU know where Buddy Bison’s been? Well, during the National Park Service Centennial celebration, I was at Independence National Historical Park.

First of all, let’s talk about the plaque I saw being unveiled in honor of Stephen Mather. He was the first director of the National Park Service. In honor of the one hundred years, at 1:00 they gave out cupcakes. In the rest of my explorations of the park, I got
to see the Liberty Bell Center, the Bishop White House, the Second Bank of the U.S., and Independence Hall, where I put my hand on the same railing on the stairs that
Ben Franklin walked up.

To me, the Centennial celebration represents everyone's hard work paying off for the first 100 years of the National Park Service. One of the most amazing things about our national parks is how much you can learn and experience, and I hope everyone can
find something special that they like in each of the parks they visit. The next time
you’re at a national park, make sure you share where you have been with Buddy Bison!”

Read more about Sarah’s adventures on her blog and follow her on social media @jrrangersarah.
"Glacier" photo courtesy of Alex Strohl

Artifact Uprising Teams Up with National Park Trust

We are excited about our new partnership with Artifact Uprising and their photographer ambassadors. In honor of the NPS Centennial, they are helping us get thousands of students from under-served communities to our national parks this year. Want to learn more about their creative service efforts? Check out Give Wild today!

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