• Watch this video from Kids to Parks Day 2014. 
    Save the date! The 5th annual Kids to Parks Day 2015 is May 16th.

  • CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS

    Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider co-branding programs that your park has already planned. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
  • Families, Kids, and Adults

     

     
  • We celebrated our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and want to thank you for joining us in this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.

    States, cities and towns across the country participated by proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Parks Day. We are already excited for Kids to Parks Day 2015. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 16th, 2015 as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents! 

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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National Kids to Parks Day

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National Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide grassroots movement which was established as part of National Park Trust’s ongoing efforts to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors – especially at parks in their communities. National Kids to Parks Day is held on the third Saturday every May and is responsible for bringing more than 100,000 kids and families to parks. Save the date for this year's KTP Day: Saturday, May 18, 2013!  Read the full report on last year's events.

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Our Schools

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Where's Buddy Bison Been?™

Buddy Bison is your travel companion to America's parks and public lands and water. Buddy Bison is NPT's pint-sized wooly mascot that encourages everyone to "explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Take Buddy Bison to a park in your community or to a national or state park, Army Corps site, wildlife refuge or forest. On land or on water, take him along!

We want to know: Where's Buddy Bison Been?®

Send your photos from your park adventure to buddy@buddybison.org so we can add it to Buddy's google map. Your picture may be selected for our monthly student newsletter, Buddy Bison's Buzz! Or send us a photo for Buddy's facebook page. Buddy even likes to twitter!

If your child, grandchild, niece or nephew, etc sends us a brief (one or two paragraphs) of their park experience, he/she may be selected to be Buddy Bison's Adventurer of the Month and could win a Buddy Bison T-shirt and official certificate! Send us photos, videos, stories, artwork, or creative writing! Please note that everything sent to NPT and Buddy Bison can be used for educational purposes on our website and in our printed materials.

For free resources, check out the Parents and Teachers sites at buddybison.org.

Remember, when you purchase your own Buddy Bison, you help NPT send an underserved kid to a park. All proceeds from sales benefit our Kids to Parks National Scholarship Fund. To learn more: email Billy Schrack, NPT Education Director, william@parktrust.org or call 301-279-7275.

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Buddy Bison School Program

Our Buddy Bison school program engages culturally diverse children in dynamic conservation and educational activities. We create opportunities for students to visit local, state or national parks and work directly with educators and park rangers who utilize our wooly mascot Buddy Bison and his toolkit as a teaching tool to enhance existing curriculum.

A complete list of our current schools and links to their galleries can be found at buddybison.org//school-galleries
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Kids to Parks

Creating Park Stewards for Tomorrow

Starting in 2009, National Park Trust created several youth initiatives with the idea that in order for our nation’s youth to become the conservation leaders of tomorrow and continue the legacy of protecting our parks, they must first learn to appreciate these places through valuable outdoor experiences.

Where's Buddy Bison Been?™

Buddy Bison is your travel companion to America's parks and public lands and water. Buddy Bison is NPT's pint-sized wooly mascot that encourages everyone to "explore outdoors, the parks are yours!" Take Buddy Bison to a park in your community or to a national or state park, Army Corps site, wildlife refuge or forest. On land or on water, take him along!

Buddy Bison School Program

Our Buddy Bison school program engages culturally diverse children in dynamic conservation and educational activities. We create opportunities for students to visit local, state or national parks and work directly with educators and park rangers who utilize our wooly mascot Buddy Bison and his toolkit as a teaching tool to enhance existing curriculum.

 

National Kids to Parks Day

National Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide grassroots movement which was established as part of National Park Trust’s ongoing efforts to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors – especially at parks in their communities. National Kids to Parks Day is held on the third Saturday every May and is responsible for bringing more than 100,000 kids and families to parks.

Mapping Our Progress

 

Our Buddy Bison Schools

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