Exploring Nature's Wonders: A Guide to Teaching Kids About National Parks

Exploring Nature's Wonders: A Guide to Teaching Kids About National Parks

How do you teach kids about national parks? Read on to find out how!

Imagine a world of towering trees, majestic mountains, and captivating creatures. National parks are not just destinations; they're vibrant classrooms bursting with lessons in history, science, and conservation. This guide is your treasure map to resources that make learning about these natural wonders an exhilarating adventure for kids.

Picture Books

Picture Books | National Parks

  • "Whose Tracks Are These?" by James Nail: A delightful mystery tour in the forest, identifying animal tracks.
  • "America's National Parks: A Pop-Up Book" by Don Compton: An interactive journey through 18 national parks with award-winning pop-ups.
  • "Who Pooped in the Park?" series by Gary D. Robson: A fun, investigative series exploring animal scat and tracks across different parks.
  • "The Curious Garden" by Peter Brown: Inspiring tale of a boy turning his grey city green, encouraging urban conservation.
  • "The Thirteen Moons" series by Jean Craighead George: An exploration of diverse ecosystems, mirrored in our national parks.
  • "Insectlopedia" and "Mammalabilia" by Douglas Florian: A poetic dive into the animal kingdom with captivating illustrations.
  • New Finds:
    • "National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A." by National Geographic Kids​: A vibrant guide packed with fun facts, maps, and exploration tips for over 200 national parks.
    • "National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks" by Erin McHugh​: A whirlwind tour of 75 U.S. parks with interactive quizzes and activities.

Chapter Books and Leveled Readers

Chapter Books | America's National Parks

  • "Mysteries in Our National Parks" by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson: Engaging stories set in different national parks.
  • "Wild Kratts" series by Chris Kratt and Martin Kratt: Join the Kratt brothers on zoological adventures.
  • "The Adventures of Bubba Jones" by Jeff Alt: Time-traveling escapades in the Great Smoky Mountains.
  • "Adventures with the Parkers" series by Mike Graf: Adventure tales in various national parks, packed with facts and fun.

Guides and Non-Fiction Books

Non-Fiction and Guides | National Parks

  • "National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A": An all-encompassing guide with activities and interesting facts for young explorers.
  • "National Parks: A Kid's Guide to America's Parks, Monuments and Landmarks" by Erin McHugh: A comprehensive guide covering national parks and famous landmarks, filled with engaging activities.

Websites for Research or Planning

Websites for Research or Planning | National Parks

  • National Parks: America’s Greatest Treasure: A National Geographic treasure trove of park information.
  • The National Parks: America’s Best Idea: Dive into the history and beauty of parks with Ken Burns' documentary insights.
  • National Park Service Official Website: The go-to resource for all national park information.
  • National Parks Conservation Association: Learn about conservation efforts in national parks.
  • United States National Parks for Kids: A kid-friendly site with informative videos and fun facts.
  • Best National Park Adventures for Kids: National Geographic's guide to family-friendly park visits.

National Park Videos

National Park Videos | National Park Posters

Websites with Park Activities

Websites with Park Activities | National Parks

  • Kids in Parks – Parents and Teachers: Tips and ideas for hiking with kids.
  • Junior Ranger Programs: Interactive, educational activities available in many national parks.
  • Parks for Play: Engaging activities for kids in national parks.
  • Kids in Parks: Ideas for park activities and hiking games.
  • eNature Online Field Guides: Discover plants and animals you might encounter in national parks.

Embark on this educational adventure, and instill a lifelong love for nature and conservation in the young minds. Happy exploring!

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