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Review — Mt. Rushmore/Palmer Gulch KOA

What’s Your Camping Style? A bit of everything for almost everyone. JUNE 21-23, 2015 — After our brush with a wild South Dakota storm in the Badlands, we were ready to head for the hills — the Black Hills, that is. Our destination: the Palmer Gulch/Mt. Rushmore KOA. Our mission: dustRead More …


Discovering a Great-Grandfather’s Legacy

Valley Forge National Historic Park By Carol Johnston When my sister Susie started a genealogy study of our family tree, she discovered that our fifth great-grandfather Benjamin Strother fought in the American Revolution with the 10th Virginia Regiment. She found his pension records. I continued to research and discovered thatRead More …


4th Grader Laney’s Acadia Story

Acadia National Park (3 of 3) By Laney, a 4th Grade Junior Ranger Acadia National Park is mostly on Mt. Desert Island in eastern Maine. In Acadia you see a lot of tide pools. In the tide pools you see little creatures and big creatures like crabs, sea stars, andRead More …


Maine’s Majesty for All!

Acadia National Park (1 of 3) For the East Coast leg of our National Parks tour, we headed across the bottom of the Great Lakes and up and over New England until we reached Acadia National Park 1200 miles later. This was a first-time adventure for Carol and Laney, butRead More …


Latest Video for Every Kid in a Park

These 4th graders got their annual pass to the National Parks … How ’bout you? Trouble viewing the video? Try here — https://www.doi.gov/video/every-kid-park Ready to get your FREE 4th grader annual pass to every National Park, National Forest, public lands and waterways? Then go to www.everykidinapark.gov. See you in the Parks,Read More …


Social Studies Teachers — Lessons of Mt. Rushmore

Mt. Rushmore: Stories of Determination By Carol Johnston — What qualities do most parents and teachers hope to encourage and nurture in their children?  How about determination and strength of purpose? The story of Mt. Rushmore, its artist, its workers, and the presidents carved into that mountain tell varied and excitingRead More …


Promo — Label Daddy Great for Camp and School

Keep Your Kid’s Stuff Out of Lost-and-Found — Label Daddy Helps Your Kids Keep it Together … If you’re like my family, you’re still finishing up your child’s summer camp laundry at the same time you’re getting their back-to-school gear together. Here’s a great way to keep your kid’s stuffRead More …


Review — Kangeaux Walkabouts

A Carryall Strap/Clip with a Thousand and One Uses — Your Bear Spray, Water Bottle, or Whatever … Always At-the-Ready! About a week before my family headed out on our National Park adventures, I got an email from Zach Dycus, the inventor of a new carryall called the Kangeaux Walkabout.Read More …


We Were on the Weather Channel!

Grand Teton National Park (2 of 4) Live from Signal Mountain Lodge We celebrated the end of the July 4th weekend with a few million fans of the National Parks and the Weather Channel. This was a pretty awesome moment for our little family, but you can take a lookRead More …


Science Teachers — Bring the National Parks to Your Classroom!

Badlands National Park (5 of 5) By Carol Johnston If you’re a teacher, it may not be possible to travel to South Dakota with your 4th grade students. Nothing can replace trekking around the mounds and ravines of the Badlands in South Dakota, but you can definitely bring the BadlandsRead More …


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