Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Get Thee to a Parkery!

One of several Florida National Parks, the Everglades is one of the most unique places in the United States

What would you do if you lived in a world where you could visit any U.S. National Park you wanted to for free? And you were in 4th grade? Amazingly, you live in that world!

Get out and find your park!

We recently got to hear a little more about the the National Park Service "Every Kid in a Park" program and it sounds absolutely great. All 4th graders are able to sign up for a pass which is good through August 31st, 2016. This pass will allow them and up to three adults per pass to get FREE entry into any National Park! In the WORLD (as long as it's in the U.S.).

4th graders, you can check out more about the program HERE!

Parents and Educators, you can check out rules and the nitty gritty details HERE!

Now, the only question is: Which Florida National Park/Memorial/Monument will you visit? Each is a beautiful representation of Florida's diverse environments and history. Are you more of a beach kid? Kid who likes to hike through the woods? Maybe you're a kid who likes to do taxes. If so, we should talk. Florida has National Parks that are not only gorgeous, but also have archaeological sites in them that you can visit!
Thank goodness Tax Kid is here.

Will you venture to the Castillo De San Marcos to learn about the early Spanish settlers of Saint Augustine and see more coquina in one spot than your brain might be able to handle?
The mighty Castillo De San Marcos

Will you trek to the Canaveral National Seashore and there make the ascent up Turtle Mound, one of Florida's largest remaining shell mounds constructed by the First Peoples to inhabit this area?
Turtle Mound was so big that ships used it to figure out where they were!

Will you, oh intrepid soul, find a way to get to the Dry Tortugas? There to climb the stairs of Fort Jefferson, the one-time jail of the infamous Dr. Samuel Mudd?
Pretty, yes. But bad wifi signal.

There are many surprises awaiting you! And remember: Go prepared for adventure!


Text: Kevin Gidusko
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