Category Archives: national parks

Wednesday photo of the week: family time in Utah

For the holidays, my family and I drove to Houston, TX and back. On our way back we stopped at Arches National Park in Utah for a few hours as a necessary road trip put stop. What a beautiful landscape. … Continue reading

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BOOK: Lassoing the Sun: A Year in America’s National Parks

2016 is almost over, and with it the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service. Columnist Mark Woods intended to write a book simply about visiting a variety of national parks over one year. Yet the book became much more … Continue reading

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Monday thought of the week: fabric of connectedness

A thought: Public lands are part of our fabric of connectedness in this country; through our common ownership and appreciation of them, we are vested in one another, state to state, region to region, hunter to schoolteacher to tattooist to … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: 59 Illustrated National Parks: 100th Anniversary of the National Park Service

National parks played a big part in my family’s summer this year. We visited Mount Rainier NP twice, Olympic National Park, and Lassen Volcanic National Park. And to gain entry into those parks we had my son’s Every Kid In … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Our Great Big Backyard

I don’t generally put the Bush family and connecting kids to nature in the same thought, but former First Lady Laura Bush has advocated for bringing children outside again and protecting wild spaces in Texas, where she lives (see here). So … Continue reading

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How we celebrated #KidstoParks Day 2016

Last Saturday was the National Park Trust’s annual Kids to Parks Day. I hosted a giveaway here for two cool National Geographic kid’s books about national parks, and the random winner was Stephanie of Raising Kids Wild. Thank you all … Continue reading

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Kids to Parks Day is May 21 (and a national parks book giveaway)

National Parks Week was just last month, and currently all 4th graders in the United States and their families can get free access to national parks and other national lands through the Every Kid in a Park program). We will visit Mount Rainier National Park … Continue reading

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BOOK REVIEW: Buddy Bison’s Yellowstone Adventure

While this blog is dedicated to sharing about nature exploring in and around Portland, OR, occasionally we post about our country’s national parks. Our friends at the National Park Trust, who we’ve posted about before (see here), have published a … Continue reading

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Wednesday photo of the week: rosy cheeks

Rosy cheeks on a trip to Crater Lake National Park last weekend, where my son used his Every Kid in a Park pass:

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Wednesday photo of the week: every kid in a park

The new federal program to provide a free National Parks pass* to every 4th grader in the country is called Every Kid in a Park. Visit everykidinapark.gov to sign your 4th grader up, and they can exchange their online printed … Continue reading

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