Learn about the U.S. National Park System.
K, 1 - 6
Biology, English Language Arts, Geography, Human Geography, Physical Geography, Social Studies, U.S. History
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Find ideas for books, videos, and websites that help teach about national parks. Use these resources to plan for, or follow up on, a visit to a national park, or use them to learn about national parks that are too far away for a visit.
These websites feature activities and resources for exploring national parks or other wild spaces. Many activities can be adapted to a state or local park, as well. Be sure to check the websites of parks you plan to visit for activities specific to that park.
Kids in Parks – Parents and Teachers: http://kidsinparks.com/parents-teachers
This site from Kids in Parks includes tips for hiking with kids.
Junior Ranger Programs: http://www.nps.gov/kids/jrRangers.cfm
This site includes links all Junior Ranger programs available online, as well as downloadable activity and information booklets.
Parks for Play: http://cdn.nationalparks.org/npf/video/parks_for_play13.pdf
This site offers information about activities to do with kids in several national parks.
Kids to Parks Day: http://parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day
This site includes ideas for activities in parks, hiking games, an activity booklet for use in any park, and more.
eNature Online Field Guides: http://www.enature.com/fieldguides/
Find field guides for various plants and animals.
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May 20, 2022
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