The United States has 62 officially protected areas designated as national parks. Since they are spread across the country, most of us can’t get to visit a park easily. Lucky for us, the National Park Service (NPS) has created an extensive list of digital opportunities and activities to do at home or at school. The resources are good for all ages and can be integrated into all content areas and subject areas.
Virtual visitors can access live tours, kid’s activities, reading lists, digital suggestions and participate in live presentations. There are also online galleries of photos, videos, webcams, podcasts, and sound recordings. They also have made it easy to connect 24/7 to their websites and through social media. You can share stories, photos, trip ideas. Park experiences, and more with park staff and other enthusiasts. Many parks and programs have their own account to follow but you can also follow national NPS accounts on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube.
National Park Service (NPS) Social Media
- Facebook: Receive updates, news releases, photos, videos, events, and live streams from parks and NPS programs.
- Instagram: Get your daily inspiration of photos, videos, and live stories from parks around the country.
- Twitter: Receive park updates, news releases, photos, and videos from @NatlParkService.
- YouTube: Explore videos about wildlife, history, events, trip planning, and more.
My Favorite Virtual National Parks
- Carlsbad National Park – Located in New Mexico you can explore the cave system of over 100 caves.
- Hawaii Volcanoes National Park – Explore the Nahuku Lava Tube in Hawaii.
- Kenai Fjords National Park – Explore the glaciers, fjords, and icebergs in Alaska.
National Park Service (NPS) Activities
Learning occurs in day to day activities. So, look for and create learning opportunities throughout your day. Stay safe and be well.