National Geographic Shines with New Releases

Happy Earth Day tomorrow!

Did you know 2016 is the 100th year anniversary of the founding of the National Parks Service? natparksTime sure flies! And, through the Every Kid in a Park program, 4th graders can visit ANY national park for free though August 2016!

This week is National Parks Appreciation Week, but National Geographic is celebrating all year with new explorations of the power of the parks. What better way than to begin with this gorgeous handbook – NATIONAL PARKS GUIDE U.S.A. by Sarah Wassner Flynn and Julie Beer.

The photography is stunning and your favorite park is easy to find. Arranged by geographic location, parks are introduced with four pages of information, photos, and a map. Here’s a sample:

national parks

The guide also aims to raise preservation awareness, offering conservation tips, and detailing the best parks in which to spot endangered species like gray wolves and California condors. Packing checklists and suggested bicycling and spelunking excursions round out this comprehensive guide.

Kids and adults alike will certainly be rewarded by the many fun facts. The only fights you’ll have in the car now is who gets to read this fantastic guide first.

I have one copy to give to the first person (U.S. Resident only) who gets this answer correct in the comments below: According to this guide, what National Park is known for its UFO sightings?


Need more guides? I have two courtesy of National Geographic!

BIRDS by Julie Beer and ROCKS & MINERALS by Nancy Honovich. Both are a part of the National birdsGeographic KIDS ULTIMATE Explorer FIELD GUIDE series. They are durable and portable – just right for the pocket or backpack.

BIRDS is loaded with facts. Your kids kids will learn how, when, and where to spot birds in their own backyard. In full color throughout, my favorite parts were the special features called Birdtastics. Here you will find a closer look at unique bird habitats, strange bird behaviors, birds that are now extinct and much more.

rocksROCKS AND MINERALS is equally compelling. This guide will spill all the secrets for the explorer in your house. The result will be true rock hound superstars with everything they dig up on excursions or field trips. The ground we walk on will have new meaning with this handy guide.

Colorful, informative, and just hard to put down.

I also have one copy of each of these guides. They will go to the first U.S. resident who can answer either or both of these questions in the comments below:

ROCKS & MINERALS GIVEAWAY:  What mineral is often mistakenly assumed to be formed from coal, but in reality it forms in an igneous rock called peridotite? Sarah S. correctly submitted Diamonds and is the winner of the Rocks & Minerals book.

BIRDS GIVEAWAY: What bird is known as the Clown of the Seas? (Violet Tiger correctly guessed The Puffin and is the winner of the Birds’ book!))


If you have a passionate belief in the power of science, exploration and storytelling to change the world then find out more from National Geographic. You will find great articles, thousands of videos, pages just for kids, and so much more. A great resource!



About Greg Pattridge

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9 Responses to National Geographic Shines with New Releases

  1. Nancy sikes says:

    Is the Ufo national park Carlsbad in N.M.?

  2. Violet Tiger says:

    Is the ‘Clown of the Seas’ bird a puffin?

  3. cleemckenzie says:

    I think it’s Joshua Tree for those sightings. I love National Geographic for Kids. I like it for myself!

  4. Sarah S says:

    Diamond for the rock answer.

  5. What a perfect pick for Earth Day! I love National Geographic Kids. I loved visiting national parks as a teen.

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