(Moss Point – March 13, 2015) – National Park Trust (NPT), is pleased to announce that Moss Point Kreole Primary students will participate in the Buddy Bison Environmental Education School Program. The program is unique in that it integrates environmental education with outdoor recreation. Now in its sixth year, the Buddy Bison School Program has been recognized by First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative and grew out of a need to encourage young people to discover and explore America's parks and public lands and water.
"We are very grateful for our partnership with the Mississippi Power Foundation and the Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Inc.", stated National Park Trust Board Chair Bill Brownell. The second-grade students from Moss Point Kreole Primary Elementary will have a wonderful and memorable opportunity to enhance their school curricula by learning about their local ecosystems and native wildlife, and how their actions effect the well-being of plants and animals.
The Moss Point students will take part in the program at the Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge March 16 through 18. During this three-day period, 160 second-grade students and their teachers will participate in numerous activities including the crane boot camp and birding walk with assistance from Mississippi Power volunteers.
"This is a wonderful program that we hope will inspire students to explore science, technology, engineering and math and learn about the environment," said Mississippi Power President and CEO Ed Holland.
Sixty schools across the country have engaged with the program, including three other schools in Mississippi: Moss Point Escatawpa Upper Elementary, Newton Elementary (Newton) and Forest Elementary (Forest) which joined the program during the 2013 and 2014 school years. This nationally recognized program focuses on cultivating park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts.
About National Park Trust
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) non-profit dedicated to the preservation and protection of our nation's critical parks and engaging our youth – especially those that are under-served – to our parks and the outdoors. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness of and appreciation for the importance of our country's parks. NPT is preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow.
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