We were excited to host the first in-park Buddy Bison School trip in over a year! 

Over three days last June, forty-five middle school students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy visited the Marshy Point Nature Center in Chase, Maryland. They participated in a Canoe Ecology program where they learned about the Chesapeake Bay watershed while paddling like pros through the shallow creek. Immersive Buddy Bison School Program experiences like these help elevate and strengthen the environmental education concepts taught in the classroom throughout the year.

St. Ignatius Loyola Academy is a private school in Baltimore, Maryland that serves boys in grades 5 through 8 from low-income families. Learn more at www.saintignatius.org.

The Buddy Bison School Program provides environmental education to elementary and middle schools in underserved communities. To learn more, visit parktrust.org/buddy-bison-programs or email William (Billy) Schrack, Director of Youth Programs, at william@parktrust.org.

Information board at Marshy Point Nature Center
Students paddling in the creek
Ranger from Marshy Point Nature Center holding a snapping turtle.
Ranger showing students a native duck

Students carried their canoes over the dock to begin paddling