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Adventures

FEBRUARY 2013

Local Rager Hits the Road

Buddy loves National Park Service Rangers because they are always happy and excited to teach our students about the outdoors. Ranger Kelly Fox from the C&O Canal National Historical Park visited three of our schools this winter.

At St. Andrew's Episcopal School in Potomac, Maryland, Ranger Kelly participated in the lower school science fair where she engaged both kids and adults in the wonders of our parks. This is what she had to say about working with our Buddy Bison students:

"I'm so happy that the Buddy Bison Program has connected our park with schools nearby. It has been wonderful getting to know students who are already stewards of our park--and helping to connect even more!"

Thank you Ranger Kelly. Our students are always excited to see you

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Ranger Kelly at St.Andrew's science fair... ..and displaying furs and shells of animals found in the park.

OCTOBER 2012

 

Un-“Locking” the History of Canals with St. Andrews

The kindergarten and pre-K students of St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD had a great chance to learn about the history of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, thanks to a special visit from my friend, Ranger Kelly. She came to the students’ classroom to teach them about canals, which are man-made rivers built to get boats around waterways that are too dangerous to sail on. The kids even got to dress up as boat captains and canal workers from the 1800s! Finally, the kids were sworn in as official junior rangers! Fun fact: the C&O Canal stretches 184.5 miles from Washington, DC to Maryland. The canal’s bike trail is longer than 736 Empire State Buildings in a row! Talk about a bike ride!


MARCH 2012 

A Day of Science at St. Andrews

The Lower School at St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD held its first science fair last month, and invited me to come check it out. My friends Jessica Wahl and Kevin Discepolo from the Department of the Interior's Youth in the Great Outdoors program brought ranger hats to try on, deer antlers to touch and owl pellets to examine. The third graders decorated a display with posters they drew showing me playing outside at many different locations.

At the end of the science fair, every student received their own Buddy Bison to take home. An excited second grader shared that "Buddy went to music class and outside on the playground! When I get home, I will show Buddy my backyard!" The kindergarten and pre-K students of St. Andrews Episcopal School in Potomac, MD had a great chance to learn about the history of the C&O Canal National Historical Park, thanks to a special visit from my friend, Ranger Kelly. She came to the students’ classroom to teach them about canals, which are man-made rivers built to get boats around waterways that are too dangerous to sail on. The kids even got to dress up as boat captains and canal workers from the 1800s! Finally, the kids were sworn in as official junior rangers! Fun fact: the C&O Canal stretches 184.5 miles from Washington, DC to Maryland. The canal’s bike trail is longer than 736 Empire State Buildings in a row! Talk about a bike ride!


DECEMBER 2011

St. Andrews Sings with Buddy Bison

The Lower School of St. Andrews Episcopal in Potomac, MD welcomed me at their assembly in October and I happily joined in the community sing!

Right now, I am working with St. Andrew's Lower School and their teacher Laura Hoffman to encourage students to appreciate our national parks, protect the environment and live a healthy lifestyle. Each classroom has a small, soft Buddy Bison in their room and some of the classes will begin bringing me home with my backpack and journal for weekend visits.