A Distance Learning Program That Focuses on Bringing Parks to Kids

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During the unsure times of the 2020/2021 school year, we responded to teachers’ needs by creating the Buddy Bison Creative Learning Program, a robust distance-learning initiative based on our nationally-recognized Buddy Bison School Program. 

The Buddy Bison Creative Learning Program brings parks to kids, aligns with classroom curricula, is adaptable to different educational situations (whether the students are in school or remote learning at home), and has hands-on learning components to give students a break from video screens. 

The resources available after filling out the form to the right, include a sample of some of the best-curated content that we have provided for schools in our Buddy Bison Creative Learning Program.

NPT is a land trust non-profit. We work to acquire and preserve high-priority land parcels located within the boundaries of our National Parks.

The Buddy Bison School Program is a national environmental youth education program that engages students Pre-K to 8th grade from Title I schools with local, state, and national parks. We cultivate future park stewards by bringing environmental education outdoors.

Kids to Parks Day,  (the 3rd Saturday of May) is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and history.

Download and use our ParkPassport App to discover new outdoor places to explore all year long. 

Unique features include:

National Park Trust and partners have permanently protected 65 acres of land from development within Zion National Park. The protected land is near Firepit Knoll and Tabernacle Dome on the Kolob Terrace, an important section of the park for hikers traveling the popular Hop Valley Trail. 

The program's materials emphasize the Buddy Bison Program's three pillars:

  • Education: using parks as outdoor classrooms through hands-on activities.
  • Health and Wellness: encouraging kids to get moving outside safely near their home at parks for their mental and physical wellbeing.
  • Stewardship: teaching kids about their role as park stewards and caretakers of our environment.

To access our Buddy Bison Creative Learning activities, please fill out the form above. 

To download our ParkPassport App, read below.

◦ A Park Finder to discover federal, state, and local parks, National Marine Sanctuaries, and Marine National Monuments.

◦ A Digital Passport to collect badges for different parks and outdoor activities, including custom badges for the 61 national parks. You can even add badges from parks you have visited on past trips. JUST ADDED: New badges for marine sanctuaries, marine national monuments, and seven new water activities.

◦ Photo Sharing to upload and share your park images.
NEW: More than 600 virtual resources and experiences have been added, including virtual tours, live webcams, educational videos, and more.

◦ Ability to Invite Friends to join and share outdoor experiences. 

The app is currently available for download from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Buddy Bison Creative Learning Program

Buddy Bison Creative Learning Program