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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 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. ...

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Overview

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.

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Editorial Reviews

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
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426309311
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 3/13/2012
  • Pages: 160
  • Sales rank: 244,832
  • Age range: 7 - 9 Years
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.20 (h) x 0.44 (d)

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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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Table of Contents

Introduction: Our Amazing National Parks 6

How to Use This Book 7

Map of the National Park System 10

The East 12

Introduction: The East 14

Acadia National Park 16

Everglades National Park 20

Great Smoky Mountains National Park 24

Hot Springs National Park 28

Other Must-see Park Properties 32

The Midwest 34

Introduction: The Midwest 36

Badlands National Park 38

Cuyahoga Valley National Park 42

Theodore Roosevelt National Park 46

Wind Cave National Park 50

Other Must-see Park Properties 54

The Southwest 56

Introduction: The Southwest 58

Big Bend National Park 60

Carlsbad Caverns National Park 64

Grand Canyon National Park 68

Other Must-see Park Properties 72

The West 74

Introduction: The West 76

Bryce Canyon National Park 78

Denali National Park and preserve 82

Glacier National Park 86

Grand Teton National Park 90

Haleakala National Park 94

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park 98

Joshua Tree National Park 102

Mount Rainier National Park 106

Olympic National Park 110

Rocky Mountain National Park 114

Yellowstone National Park 118

Yosemite National Park 122

Zion National Park 126

Other Must-see Park Properties 130

More National Parks and Park Properties 134

136-137

National Park of American Samoa

Arches National Park

Biscayne National Park

Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

Canyonlands National Park

Capitol Reef National Park

138-139

Channel Islands National Park

Congaree National Park

Crater Lake National Park

Death Valley National Park

Dry Tortugas National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park and Preserve

140-141

Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve

Great Basin National Park

Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Isle Royale National Park

Katmai National Park and Preserve

142-143

Kenai Fjords National Park

Kings Canyon National Park

Kobuk Valley National Park

Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Lassen Volcanic National Park

Mammoth Cave National Park

144-145

Mesa Verde National Park

North Cascades National Park

Petrified Forest National Park

Redwood National Park

Saguaro National Park

146-147

Sequoia National Park

Shenandoah National Park

Virgin Islands National Park

Voyageurs National Park

Wrangell-St. Bias National Park and Preserve

National Park Properties by State 148

Glossary/Find Out More 154

Index 156

Credits/Photo Credits 159

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