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Woman NationIaAdmire l Park Writuse aabout paragarawoman ph abouyou ta Tell naadmire tional pand ark why you hyou avechose visited. woman.National Park I have visitedthis Yellowstone before. It had geysers, animals and lots of people coming in and out. Elizabeth, 2nd Grade, Elm Creek

ur nearly 400 national parks include canyons, monuments, battlefields, lakeshores, seashores, recreation areas, scenic rivers, trails and historic sites.

I’ve been to Scottsbluff National Park with my grandma and grandpa when I was 4 years old! There were a lot of mountains! My sister was with me, her name is Taylor. My grandma’s name is Tammy, my grandpa’s name is Marty. It was fun! Lauren, 2nd Grade, Elm Creek

These parks are owned and managed by the American government ñ the government of the people by the people. That means that the parks belong to every American!

I visited Yellowstone National Park. It was so fun.We slept in a tent, I heard noises and I thought it was my sister. It was a bear! It drank my pop and ate some of our food. It was very scary! Jasmine, 4th Grade, Miller

4. Which state has the largest national park (Wrangell-St. Elias Natíl Park and Preserve, 13.2 million acres)? 1. Which state is home to 24 national parksñmore than any other state? (9 + 13 + 7 + 6)

6. Effigy Mounds National Historic Site has 195 prehistoric mounds, 31 of which are shaped like birds and animals. In which state can it be found?

(7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7 + 7) 5. Which state is home to the smallest national park (Thaddeus Kosciuszko National Memorial, 0.02 acres)?

2. What is the name of Americaís first national park?

(4 + 8 + 6 + 9 + 3) 42 = Alaska 30 = Illinois 37 = Delaware

35 = California 33 = Pennsylvania 38 = Yellowstone

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A national park I have been to is the Badlands. I got to climb up them.You cannot really plant anything at the Badlands.The Indians named the Badlands because nothing could grow there. Allie, 4th Grade, Elm Creek I’ve been to three national parks. I’ve been to Halsey National Park, Estes Park, and Black Hills National Park. It was really fun. Keaton, 4th Grade, Elm Creek I’ve been to the Grand Canyon. It was really cool because I went on a high bridge and birds flew over me. Lauren, 4th Grade, Elm Creek

(15 + 15 + 4 + 4) 3. Just one U.S. state has no national parks. Which one is it? On one page of the newspaper, find and circle the letters that spell each of the following words. Draws lines to connect the circled letters. Yosemite Mount Rushmore Everglades Carlsbad Caverns Grand Canyon Great Smoky Mountains

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Many national parks offer visitors the opportunity to join the National Parks Service family as Junior Park Rangers. Interested students complete a series of activities during their park visit, share their answers with a park ranger and then receive an official Junior Park Ranger badge or patch and a certificate.

Look closely at these camping lanterns. Can you find the two that are identical?

Get to know Python Pete. Pete is a dog whose job it is to track down pythons in Everglades National Park. Go to: www.kidscoop.com/kids

RECREATION NATIONAL AMERICAN HISTORIC RANGER JUNIOR SCENIC NATURE PARKS SITES BADGE AREAS FIELD TRIP LIVE

Find the words in the puzzle, then in this weekís Kid Scoop stories and activities.

I went to Mt. Rainier in Washington when I was little. There was a tree there that was bigger than me! It was taller than the sky! It was cold when we went there so we only stayed for a little while and then we went back home. Jason, Preschool Last year, my parents, my best friend, my dogs and I went hiking at Skyline National Park which is part of the Shenandoah Mountains.Toward the end of our hike, a big snake slithered out of the grass and my dogs barked at the snake! It was an exciting hike. Sophie, 5th Grade I went to Niagra Falls in New York. I went to the Maid of the Mist, a boat that brings you close to the Falls and you feel the mist.They also give you a raincoat and flipflops so you don’t get too wet. It was a great experience. Ellen, 2nd grade

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Look for a newspaper advertisement you like. Then, go online to research national parks and choose one that interests you. Create an ad modeled on the newspaper ad you admired to publicize this national park.

Write about a book you think kids should read this summer. Have fun describing the details, but donít give away the ending! Deadline: April 31 Published: Week of May 29 Send your story to:

Julie Speirs, P.O. Box 1988 Kearney, NE 68848 Please include your school and grade.

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