Youth Programs

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.

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.

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!

Mapping Our Progress


Our Buddy Bison Schools

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