National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast!

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast!

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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

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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.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Justina McBride
National parks are spread throughout the various regions of the United States, preserving the natural beauty and wildlife of this country, from the Grand Canyon to the Joshua tree to the Great Smoky Mountains. These parks are full of many breathtaking sights to see and outdoor adventures to be had, which together make the perfect recipe for a summer of family fun. However, it is important to do some research about these parks, where they are located or what attractions they hold, to get the most out of the adventure. With this middle grade reader, children can now help plan their family summer adventures with an informed mind. The first four main sections cover national parks in the specific East, Midwest, Southwest, and West regions and the final section gives a brief overview of an assortment of other parks spread around the country. This book is one of the most comprehensive national park guides. The information in each section is primarily divided among sidebars, such as “Dare to Explore,” “Discover,” and “My Checklist,” that provide safety, sightseeing, and activity tips, just to name a few. Breaking up the textual information are several photographs and maps of the parks. Overall, this book is an excellent resource for the outdoor enthusiast or anyone interested in learning about the country’s national parks. Reviewer: Justina McBride; Ages 8 to 12.
School Library Journal
Gr 3–6—More selective than the National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States (7th ed., 2012) but also easier to carry and read, this invitingly colorful and enthusiastically written vacationers' guide provides basic information on attractions and family activities in 24 national parks. Each of the regionally grouped entries includes a quick historical overview and fact box, a cleanly designed map of major features both natural and constructed, and safety advice. The entries also include checklists of general suggestions ("Pedal around Shark Valley or the Snake Bight Trail" in the Everglades, for instance), and brief descriptions with thumbnail photos of local wildlife, landmarks, and tours or other group activities. Shorter entries between each section and at the end add enticing notes on dozens of smaller National Park properties in each state. Every entry for park or property includes an official URL, and a closing list offers links to more detailed information about the National Park Trust, the Junior Ranger program, and park geology and wildlife. Along with capturing the distinctive characters of the chosen sites, from Arkansas's tiny Hot Springs (5500 acres) to Alaska's six-million-plus-acre Denali National Park and Preserve, the author supplies just the right mix of background facts and promises of wonders to leave readers—both armchair travelers and the more active sort—hot to trot.—John Peters, Children's Literature Consultant, New York

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781426309328
Publisher:
National Geographic Society
Publication date:
03/13/2012
Pages:
160
Sales rank:
611,815
Product dimensions:
2.50(w) x 4.10(h) x 0.50(d)
Age Range:
7 - 9 Years

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Welcome to Everglades National Park!
 
Imagine a place where alligators and crocodiles coexist. Where manatees float just beneath the surface of a slow-moving river. And where black panthers prowl the dense tropical woodlands. That’s just what you’ll find in Everglades National Park, a protected area of wetlands in southeast Florida. Made up of marshes, swamps, a river, and a bay, Everglades serves as host to an abundance of wildlife, from algae to alligators. It’s here where more than 700 kinds of plants, 120 types of trees, and countless animals (including many on the endangered species list) grow and thrive, making Everglades one of the most ecologically diverse parks on the planet.
 
State: Florida
Established: December 6, 1947
Size: 1,507,850 acres
Website: www.nps.gov/ever

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