Wednesday, May 18, 2016

National Parks Day

Over the last few weeks, we've been learning all about Acadia National Park. This year marks the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Parks Service, so each second grade classroom studied a national park and transformed into that park for our National Parks Day! 

Acadia National Park

After our play practice, we transformed our classroom into Acadia. Each of the giraffes chose an animal that lives in the park or a landmark in the park to research before our big day. Each giraffe wrote poetry about their animal or landmark, wrote facts, and created a model, drawing, painting, or video about their animal or landmark. Since Acadia is on the coast of the Atlantic, we had landmarks and animals from the land and from the sea! We got to get into our park ranger vests and do some exploring around Acadia before heading off to the other National Parks

Come through the Carriage Road bridges and join us for a Maine adventure!

We also got to enjoy some blueberries, which grow all across the park and all over Maine!

When the other second grade classes came into the classroom, they got to watch a time lapse video of the sunrise at Cadillac Mountain, which is the first place in the United States to see the sunrise! (the giraffes got to watch the video last week when we were doing our research)

Redwood and Sequoia National Park

After snack, we traveled to California to see the Redwood and Sequoia Trees. It was amazing to see how massive these trees are! We learned that Redwoods are the tallest trees and Sequoias are the widest. The tallest redwood tree is 379 ft tall and the largest tree on earth is General Sherman, which is a Giant Sequoia that is 102-6 ft in circumference at its base.

Denali National Park

After checking out the trees in California, we headed north to Alaska to visit Denali National Park, which is home to the tallest peak in North America, Denali (Mount McKinley) which is 20, 308 ft tall. We also got to see lots of the animals that live around Alaska, including a grizzly bear!

 Yellowstone National Park

We headed southeast from Denali to Wyoming to see Yellowstone National Park. We got to see Old Faithful, which is a geyser in the park that can shoot water 90-184 ft into the air! Yellowstone is also home to the American Bison, which President Obama just made the Official Mammal of the United States!

Everglades National Park

We made our last stop in Florida when we traveled to the Everglades National Park. We learned all sorts of cool facts about the animals that live in the largest mangrove ecosystem in the western hemisphere!

We had an amazing day traveling to a few of the many National Parks across the country. While we only traveled to a few of the National Parks, the National Parks service would like to encourage everyone to explore the national parks, historical trails and monuments, and landmarks across the country! To find more parks in our area or across the country, visit and celebrate 100 years of the National Parks Service! Remember, Acadia is only a few hours away :)

Thank you to these Park Rangers who created an amazing experience for their fellow second graders! 

“There is nothing so American as our national parks.... The fundamental idea behind the that the country belongs to the people, that it is in process of making for the enrichment of the lives of all of us.”

-President Franklin D. Roosevelt

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