Pennies for Parks: Buddy Bison students have a far reach!
Handcrafted bracelets were made and sold by 3rd-grade students at the Bullis School, MD to benefit their Pennies for Parks Fund. Together, these 18 artists sold 65 bracelets. What a great way to raise money for a park stewardship project!
The class voted to donate their resources to the Bruce Vento Nature Sanctuary in St. Paul, MN to help fund the construction of a new outdoor classroom where local St. Paul children will be able to enjoy fun, hands-on learning in this urban park near the Mississippi River. I love seeing kids helping other kids enjoy our open spaces. This park is located over 1,000 miles away from their school in Potomac, MD!
Thank you Bullis 3rd-grade students for being wonderful ambassadors for our parks! We look forward to sharing photos of the classroom when it is completed this fall.
This project will also be supported by generous gifts from the 3M Foundation and the McNeely Foundation in partnership with the Lower Phalen Creek Project and National Park Trust.
Locust Grove Trip
Last week the third grade went to Locust Grove for a field trip. We all went in a stream to help the environment, cleaning all the trash so it won't go in the Potomac River and kill animals and fish. We also dod planting and weeding. The whole third grade had the most fun ever when we got wet and dirty in the stream. It was super.
By Lily Bernstein and Demi Fragoyannis
Julian's C&O Canal NP Trip
Last Saturday, I took Buddy Bison for a beautiful walk at Great Falls, MD. These are some pictures from our adventure! We hope to come here again soon, and I will make sure to bring Buddy Bison along!
|Here we are on the towpath between the C & O Canal and a small arm of the Potomac River. It was a sunny and warm day|
|This is the canal boat called Charles E. Mercer. They used to have mules pull the boat up the canal to transport coal and wood. Nowadays, people can take a tour on it in the spring and summer to see how it used to be. I'm sure Buddy would love to do that one day!|
|This is a map of the C & O Canal and the beginning of the Great Falls Overlook path, which is one of my favorites!|
|This photo was taken on a bridge across an arm of the Potomac River! The water was extremely high! It made us dizzy to look down on it because it was so fast and wild!|
|The Great Falls!! I was scared that I would drop Buddy into the raging water! I had never seen the falls so high before!! I couldn't even see most of the rocks!!|
Bullis Third Grade Trip to the Arboretum
Last Thursday, the third grade went to the Arboretum to see bonsai plants and herbs. First we went to the herb garden. At the garden we saw roses, herbs, peppers and water plants. We saw many herbs that we cook with, and many herbs that have a strong scent. We also got to taste many herbs. Afterwards we saw ten different types of peppers and rose bushes. Some had a strong scent; others not so much. We went to the Youth Garden next. At the Youth Garden, we tasted vegetables and honey. They were delicious! Then we saw the bonsai plants. They were so cool! Did you know that Bonsai plants have to get trained? They get trained with wires. How? They attach the wires to the branches and they bend the wire to the side. I had a great time with my friend Maya on the trip!
Julia Evans and Maya McBride
Bullis enjoys Fall at the Falls
In Washington, DC, the summer heat can be unbearable, especially when wearing wool!
Luckily, the fall temperature brought a great opportunity for me to cool down and do a stream clean-up with our Buddy Bison partner, Bullis School, at Locust Grove. We had the chance to give back to the park and learn about the importance of watersheds to our ecosystem.
While the 3rd grade students were at Locust Grove, the 4th grade picnicked at Great Falls National Park in Northern Virginia. The rapids on the Potomac River between Maryland and Virginia make up this national park which is only a few miles from Washington, DC.
Third Graders from The Bullis School Put on a Show
The Bullis School in Potomac, MD acted out the Buddy Bison play "Get Out" by Rob Cohen. Mr. Cohen was in attendance for the play. It was the first time it had ever been performed by actors and actresses! Three different people played me, Buddy Bison. As a bison, I don't know too much about acting, but from what I saw I think everyone in the play deserves an award!
National Kids to Parks Day- My Proudest Moment
My proudest moment this year was when the proposal I wrote for Park Trust's National Contest, was one of the winning proposals. I had to write about everything we needed and the prices for the trip. I became very excited when I heard that our school was one of the winners. That was one of the proudest things that happened to me this year.
Teton National Park
Julia and Buddy celebrate her tenth birthday at Teton National Park.
Kenai Fjords National Park, AK
Over the summer, Kyra – a third grade student at Bullis School in Potomac, MD – brought me along on her trip to Kenai Fjords National Park, AK. I had a great time and I would like to thank Kyra for sending some very nice pictures!