Nov 2, 2010

Natl Parks FREE to all on Vet's Day

National Geographic Complete National Parks of the United States
Next Thursday, in honor of all veterans, the National Park Service (NPS) will open all its parks free of charge to everyone!  What a great opportunity to enjoy some of the best scenery in America AND at the same time, if you are 62 or older, pick up your very own NPS America the Beautiful Senior Pass ($10 for life, this pass replaces the Golden Eagle Pass and can only be purchased in person, with ID/proof of age)!
Find the park you'll be closet to November 11 by state or by name. And if you can't get to a park this month, enjoy learning about them before your next trip.  (Click titles for more info):
Consider a the spectacular photography in
    America's Spectacular National Parks coffee table book or Ken Burns PBS series  (DVD set):
as holiday gifts ideas.

If you are lucky enough to be able to take a grandchild with you to a National Park on November 11 or in the near future, check out the Mysteries in Our National Parks series of books from the mother-daughter team of Skurzynski & Ferguson published by National Geographic for ages 9-12 (or read-aloud to younger children):
    Over the Edge:  Grand Canyon (AZ) Nat'l Park 
               (and don't forget classic Brighty of the Grand Canyon)
               (Note: some road delays possible)
or Carole Marsh's Real Kids, Real Places mysteries for the same age group (this series has Teachers' Guides, as well) some of which take place in National Parks:
White Mountain Puzzles National Parks
1000-piece puzzle

Happy traveling!  And here are more gift ideas for fanciers of our park system:
National Parks: America's Best Idea USA Map - 300 Piece
300-piece puzzle
                    (300-piece Puzzle)
                    (1,000-piece Puzzle)
And for their first camping trip:
    Wildkin Camping Sleep Mat
    Olive Kids Ride 'Em Sleeping Bag