A recent New York Times article, discussed the National Park Service's challenge to engage a more diverse population of visitors. NPS visitor statistics show that the majority of visitors do not reflect the growing minority groups represented in our country.
NPT is also concerned that as America's population grows and demographics change, there continues to be a steady decline in attendance at our nation's parks and a growing disconnect between children and nature. How are we responding?
In 2009, NPT launched Where's Buddy Bison Been? an innovative environmental education program that transports and engages children, especially those that are underserved and at-risk, with the outdoors. This curriculum-enhancing program is currently being implemented in 44 schools thoughout the country. Through in-classroom visits with environmental professionals and experiential learning in our parks, Buddy Bison students become lifelong park stewards and learn about green career pathways. They are able to interact and learn from role models in education, science, engineering, and land management.
We are breaking down barriers and engaging a whole new generation of park stewards, creating park memories that they will treasure forever.
Click here to read the New York Times article.