Buddy Bison's Buzz - May 2013

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We are counting down to National Kids to Parks Day! There is so much going on across the country on Saturday, May 18th. See me with Baltimore Ravens' Tandon Doss (below) getting ready for the big day at Ft. McHenry in Baltimore, MD! Sign up and be counted at www.kidstoparks.org and find a nearby park event.

Don't forget to check out our cool Facebook contest with amazing prizes!

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My New Friend

I recently met a new friend, Sally Jewell, the new secretary of the U.S. Department of the Interior. She is the caretaker of many of our natural resources including national parks, fish and wildlife areas, and many other public lands and water. One of her main goals is to connect children, like you, to the great outdoors. We are going to be such great friends; we already have so much in common. Read more about our meeting here.

National Kids to Parks Day is this Saturday!

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Looking for a great excuse to get outside this weekend? Look no further, Saturday, May 18th is National Kids to Parks Day. I am encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.

Here I am with Baltimore Ravens' Tandon Doss, who joined me and the students from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, MD and the NFL Players Association to jumpstart National Kids to Parks Day at an event last Friday at Ft. McHenry, birthplace of our national anthem, the Star-Spangled Banner. We unfurled a giant replica of the original Star-Spangled Banner with Ranger Scott and had so much fun playing games with Tandon and the wonderful NFL Players Association staff!

There are more than 300 FREE events happening across the country; click here to find one near you.Don't forget to sign up and be counted at www.kidstoparks.org. To learn more and to pledge your participation, please visit www.kidstoparks.org today. Over 122,000 people will be participating; that’s a lot of people!

Cross Country Travels!

Just like bears in spring, Buddy Bison students have emerged from their schools and are exploring the great outdoors. I have been all over the country visiting beautiful parks with them. Here is a quick recap of this month’s travels:

Nebraska – Eugene T. Mahoney State Park – Fifth-grade students from Longfellow Elementary, IA explored the park by hiking and climbing the observation tower.
District of Columbia – National Mall and Memorial Parks – Eighth-grade boys from St. Ignatius Loyola Academy, MD discovered the history of the park while trekking from the Thomas Jefferson Memorial to the Washington Monument.
District of Columbia – Students from Washington Middle School for Girls, Neval Thomas Elementary, KIPP: WILL Academy and Potomac Lighthouse Academy visited the U.S. National Arboretum and Washington Youth Garden. They learned A LOT about plants and how to make a garden of their own.
New York – Brooklyn Bridge Park – Fifth- grade students from Brooklyn Jesuit Prep, NY walked the shoreline looking for crustaceans and mollusks. They collected data about their discoveries. 
Indiana – Indiana National Lakeshore –Fifth-grade students explored many unique areas of the park. They were the first children to play in the new natural play area at Paul H. Douglas Center for Environmental Education and they hiked to the dunes at West Beach.
Maryland – Locust Grove Nature Center– Third-grade students from Bullis School cleaned up the creek. These environmentally focused students also raised funds to support our park projects.

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Facebook Contest:
“Like” our National Park Trust Facebook page for contest details and enter to win!
This week win – Adidas gift voucher of $200, CHOOZE Shoes, or an Annual National Park Pass Package will be awarded on Friday at 1 PM. Our grand prize will be awarded on Friday the 24th!
It is a 2012 NFL Rookie Debut Helmet signed by #1 draft pick Andrew Luck, RGIII, and 31 others. You don’t want to miss out. You have until May 24th at 11:59 pm ET to win  our grand prize. Good luck!

Thanks to all of our generous donors for this contest: The North Face ,CamelBakEastern NationalNational Geographic KidsAdidasAmerican Hiking Society, Chooze, NFL Players Association, and National Wildlife Federation.

National Sports and Fitness Month:
DID YOU KNOW: May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month. Click here to learn more about keeping your family healthy. 
Buddy Bison wants you to visit, explore and protect our nation’s parks. Bring him along as you roam and tell everyone Where Buddy Bison’s Been!

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