It has been a great summer and I have had the chance to travel to some really cool places! In this month's issue you'll read about these trips and also about my friend Lloyd who helped renovate a park in his community. We have also included details about our 2013 Buddy Bison Calendar Contest. We want you to send us your favorite photo of yours truly by Friday, August 31st. The top three photos to be included in our 2013 calendar which will be seen by thousands of people -- what's even better is that you will win some pretty awesome prizes! Check out the story below to find out how you can enter! Remember, the parks are yours. So get out and explore!
Buddy Bison Student Protects Green Space in Baltimore!
Lloyd and Baltimore City Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake
Like many of you, Lloyd met Buddy Bison through the Where’s Buddy Bison Been? program, which his teachers brought to his school, Saint Ignatius Loyola Academy in Baltimore, Maryland in 2009. Though the program, Lloyd and his classmates have had a whole bunch of great outdoor experiences from canoeing along the Anacostia River in Washington, DC to learning about animal habitats and renewable energy in Harper's Ferry West Virginia.
Warwick Street Park
Lloyd soon realized that having a safe place to play outdoors was not just important to him but also to his community. He along with Timothy Bridges, vice presidentof the Fayette Street Outreach Organization (that means he's really important!) led the initiative to renovate a city park in Baltimore.
"This park was a wreck. I talked to the older residents and they told me what it looked like before. People used to be able to play here. Now, it is a great place to play and be with friends. The many trips that National Park Trust provided for me and my classmates inspired me to work on this new park that benefits everyone in my neighborhood,” said Lloyd, Buddy Bison student.
After nearly two years of hard work the renovations were finally complete in July and a dedication ceremony was held to celebrate Lloyd’s efforts! A new basketball court, playground equipment, walking paths and trees are now there for the entire community to enjoy.
“National Park Trust helped give our community a snapshot of how to get people engaged and motivated about parks in their neighborhoods,” Timothy Bridges, vice president, Fayette Street Outreach Organization.
Think about how you can take care of the parks in your community just as Lloyd did! Askyour parents or teacher to help you write a letter to elected officials or get your friends together for a park clean-up – and don’t forget to bring me Buddy Bison!! Buddy Bison’s Summer of Exploration
Glacier National Park, Montana
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming
‘If there’s one thing I really believe in, it’s that kids should be having fun outside as much as possible! That’s why I try to make sure everyone hears my message loud and clear: “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”
This summer, I’m very happy that so many of you across the country have been getting out to local, state and national parks with your friends and family to do some really amazing things. I thought I would share with you some of the stories that have ben sent to me over the past couple of months.
Fort Raleigh National Historic Site, North Carolina Some of my friends took me along on their trip to the site of the “Lost Colony” of Roanoke Island – an English settlement that was mysteriously abandoned in the late 1500s.
Badlands National Park, South Dakota I visited this scenic national park which is home to the most endangered land mammal in North America – the black-footed ferret!
Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming Some friends and I visited the very cool Yellowstone Falls and even got to see the Old Faithful geyser erupt! Did you know Old Faithful erupts about every 90 minutes? The eruptions can shoot up to 8,400 gallons of water as high as 185 feet in the air and last up to 5 minutes! Wow!
Grand Island National Recreation Area, Michigan I joined my friend Porter on a trip to Grand Island where there is a very high population of black bears! You can hike, bike and even fish in the park!
Mount Saint-Michel, France I even made it out of the country! My friend, NPT board member Wayne Hill, took me to the island of Mount Saint-Michel in Normandy, France which has been occupied since the 8th century!
Adventurer of the Month – Lynne from New Hampshire!
Congratulations to my Adventurer of the Month, Lynne who found me roaming around Yellowstone! Here is what Lynne had to say about our adventures: "I got Buddy last summer at Yellowstone, and he's traveled quite a bit since. We are heading back to Yellowstone this month and of course Buddy will be going back to visit his birthplace and say hi to the new crop of Buddies.
"We've been to beautiful places at home and abroad - we went to Copenhagen, Denmark this spring - and have stayed in some VERY fancy hotels, like the Grand Del Mar in San Diego, but Buddy and I prefer the great outdoors. He did like seeing the bull ring at Billy Bob's in Texas, but was really glad he was on the outside of the ring! From mountains to down into caves, Buddy is a great adventurer, and always a conversation starter.
His very favorite experience, though, was checking out the cockpit of a 737 jet airplane!"
You can check more of my adventures with Lynne here!
OFFICIAL BUDDY BISON CALENDAR CONTEST DETAILS:
Post a photo of Buddy Bison to your Facebook page and tag National Park Trust or send your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Photos must be submitted by Friday, August 31, 2012
The top THREE photos will be included in NPT's 2013 Calendar!
Contest winners will receive a copy of the 2013 Calendar, Buddy Bison, a Buddy Bison T-shirt and National Geographic Travel Guide.
Buddy Bison tells kids to "Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Kids (and adults) love taking Buddy with them to parks and snapping a few photos. When you buy Buddy Bison you help send a kid to a park through our Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund!