April 16th marks the beginning of National Parks Week and 2016 marks the 100th anniversary of the National Parks Service! All week long you can get into any National Park for free! National Geographic hopes this will inspire you to plan your own National Parks Adventure:
If that video doesn't inspire you and your family, here are some books from National Geographic Kids to get them to want to add the National Parks to their bucket lists. Book descriptions are from Goodreads.
National Parks Guide U.S.A
More than two hundred
million people visited our national parks in 2009. National parks are
some of America's most treasured places, and the National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A. is
the perfect way to bring the fun and amazement of these majestic places
to kids. Divided by region, (Northeast & Southeast, Midwest,
Southwest, and West), this guide is both accessible and tons of fun. NG
Kids color treatments, full-color photographs, and layering of
information make information jump off the page. Features include tips on
exploration, information about animals, sidebars, checklists, fun
facts, maps, cool things to do, and much more. Conservation information,
a find out more section, glossary, and index add ample back matter to
round out this book.
Funny Fill-In: My National Parks Adventure
Mad Libs, National Parks style
Junior Ranger Activity Book
Calling all explorers and
nature-lovers! From Acadia to Zion, discover all 59 of the United
States' amazing National Parks in this jam-packed book of games, trivia,
jokes, fun facts, and so much more, all inspired by the National Parks
outdoor-based Junior Ranger Program. Great for generating pre-trip
excitement, long car rides, poking around historical sites, or general
learning, these fun and sometimes silly activities will entertain while
they draw kids into the majestic and historic importance of America's
national parks. Check out the most amazing park habitats, plus awesome
sights and animals you might see, from birds to bears. Fun facts are
jam-packed onto every page, so kids learn something amazing about each
Buddy Bison's Yellowstone Adventure by Ilona E. Holland
birds soar, and geysers burst into the sky. Join Buddy Bison and his two
new friends as they explore the majestic Yellowstone National Park.
Breathtaking photographs of Yellowstone serve as the backdrop for the
wacky adventures of a curious pair of twins, Elena and Christopher, who
are spending the summer with their aunt Rosa, a park ranger.
of waiting patiently when their aunt gets an emergency call,
Christopher wanders off. That's when Buddy Bison, the adorable plush toy
clipped to Elena's backpack comes to life and to her aid. The unlikely
pair heads out on a wild adventure through Yellowstone to search for her
brother. As soon as Buddy leads Elena safely to her twin, her new
oversized pal disappears. What happened to Buddy Bison? Did Elena
imagine him or did he really come to life? This charming tale is
sprinkled with helpful tidbits about the park, weird-but-true facts
about the animals, and more fun facts kids adore. A comprehensive
afterword offers a short history of the park and ways kids can get
involved in parks preservation.
Here are some more links to inspire your National Parks wanderlust
NatGeo's online guide to the National Parks
Find Your Park, Love Your Park
The Greatest American Road Trip
Former NatGeo staffer Jonathan Irish travels the country, visiting all 59 National Parks in 52 weeks.
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