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Saturday, May 17, 2014
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Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider promoting and co-branding programs already in existence in your park on our around May 10- 25th.
Families, Kids, and Adults
We are excited to celebrate our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and invite your city to join us for this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.
Cities and towns across the country can make the pledge to participate by proclaiming May 17th as National Kids to Parks Day. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents!
Washington Jesuit Academy toured Rock reek Park this April with Buddy Bison. At the beginning of the tour everyone recieved their own Buddy to explore with. While they were there they had all kinds of adventures including touring space in the planetarium, learning about habitats, hiking to the creek, and practicing rock skipping. They also learned about plants and wildlife, especially local trees and poison ivy. At the end of their adventure they were sworn in as Junior Park Rangers. Congratulations!
During their trip, the kids saw dinosaurs that lived in North America long before we did and we were given a VIP tour of the storage and research rooms where all the bones are kept - there were over 3 million fossils down there! They even got to see a real triceratops skull, a raptor claw, and even some fossilized dino scat (dino droppings) that was over 75 million years old!
Outside the museum at the National Mall, the National Park Service, Maryland Dinosaur Park, and the National Science Foundation had education stations where we got to learn more about fossils. My buddies sifted for fossils of shark teeth, coral, and ancient shells. The park rangers even had a replica skull of one of my ancient bison ancestors that my friends took a picture with. Thanks to all my Washington Jesuit buddies and the Fossil Day volunteers for a fun day of exploration! To view more photos from the day, click here!
WashingtonJesuit Academyand a Horse Named Steely Dan
Officer Mariea Clowers – a Buddy Bison Ambassador – rode into Washington Jesuit Academy on her horse Steely Dan to give the students a presentation about her role with the National Park Service. Officer Clowers and Steely Dan work together to protect citizens in Washington D.C. when they gather for parades, political rallies, and demonstrations. The students were impressed by Steely Dan’s crowd control maneuvers and Officer Clowers’ equipment (which they got to try on).
Most importantly, Officer Clowers discussed the importance of making good decisions and told the students of WJA that if they continued to work hard and be dedicated park stewards, they will one day become leaders in their community.
Students from Washington Jesuit Academy with Buddy Bison Ambassador Mariea Clowers and her horse Steely Dan.
Fun on Fossil Day
On October 12th, Students from Washington Jesuit Academy joined Buddy Bison on the National Mall for the 2nd Annual Fossil Day as part of Earth Science Week. In the shadow of the WashingtonMonument, these students rummaged through rocks looking for all kinds of fossils, from shells to shark teeth!
Park rangers and volunteers taught the students how to identify their findings and helped them analyze the skeletons of alligators and birds. They even had the chance to create their own miniature bird feeders by covering pinecones with nuts and honey. When it started to rain, the students escaped into the Museum of Natural History where they studied more skeletons and other ancient artifacts.
Click here to see more photos from the 2nd Annual National Fossil Day.