It is pouring down rain in San Diego….on a Saturday. My backyard is mud soup! Perfect San Diego weather doesn’t always include rain, but when it does, it’s great to have something to do that is educational and adventurous. Thank to the National Park Foundation, you can now take the kids on electronic field trips.
Electronic field trips are great for busy moms or trapped kids or even a planned homeschool adventure. If you think about it, an electronic field trip is the best travel bargain possible: no black out dates, no plane tickets, no $3.97 per gallon gas fill-ups, no packing the car, no stress. It is so convenient that you can all go in pajamas; you can take a break anytime you wish. While the kids are “in” one of the national parks or traveling back in history, you can finish laundry or stir soup or multi-task in myriad ways.
To see the electronic field trips offered, visit the National Park Foundation where you’ll find televised broadcasts featuring rangers, youth hosts, plus a website with additional educational ideas. There are over 12 National Park field trips that have been recorded for you, with more scheduled. With a quick Google search you can find more resources, including the fun interactive travel map, Google Earth.
With so much information flowing through the minds of your children, don’t miss the opportunity to have them write down what they enjoyed. In a journal or an online writing program, blog the adventure!
Your children will soon forget that the trip is electronic. They’ll walk away with a greater understanding of our national heritage of preserved land. They’ll envision a day when they’ll be able to see it all for themselves and take their photo by entrance sign.
It may be that you’ve never had a chance to visit the National Parks or that the only park you are really familiar with is the one with legos or a castle. No, these are real parks:
- Gulf Islands National Seashore
- North Cascades National Park
- Little Rock Central High School National Historical Site
- Independence National Historical Park
- Bryce Canyon National Park
- Grand Teton National Park
- Carlsbad Caverns National Park (local)
- Great Smoky Mountains National Park
- Manzanar National Historic Site
- Grand Canyon National Park
- Fort Davis National Historic Site
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park
- Everglades National Park
Rain or shine, an electronic field trip can open your eyes to national wonders that you paid to preserve through your tax dollars. Maybe it is about time to see what natural treasures our country has waiting for us to enjoy!