National Parks by National Geographic
What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that National Parks by National Geographic is an excellent travel-planning tool that includes visitor information for 25 of America's 59 national parks, as well as maps, a photo gallery of some National Geographic archived images, and user-submitted images. It can also be a fun way for kids to research and explore U.S. geography through the photos and (for older kids) the detailed information. Users can purchase complete guides with trail guides, articles, professional images, tips, and facts for $1.99 per park or $12.99 for all parks.
What kids can learn
- set objectives
- using and applying technology
Engagement, Approach, Support
Gorgeous images, well-written text, and the ability to personalize and share favorites engage kids.
Kids learn in self-directed, self-motivated fashion as they read and explore America's parks through the app.
Planning a trip -- virtual or real -- is easy using the itineraries. Complete park guides can be purchased for $1.99 each, but each park's page includes a link to the park's website, which offers much of the same information.
What's it about?
View each park, featured with a breathtaking image on the start page. An interactive U.S. map shows the location of each of the parks. Focus on one park by reading its specific sections -- "About the Park," "How to Visit," "Park Info," "Getting There" -- and details about camping and lodging. The front image for each park also includes the current temperature and a link to stats such as local time and park size. The sidebar includes a photo gallery, saved user-created itineraries, news, and Editor's Picks of trails and hikes. Enjoy a virtual trip with gorgeous images.
Is it any good?
NATIONAL PARKS BY NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC isn't designed for kids, but it can still be fun for them to use, even if it is text-heavy. It's kind of like flipping through an atlas or parts of a National Geographic magazine -- fascinating and educational. Families planning a trip can use it to plan and gets kids excited about what they'll see and do or just enjoy the parks virtually. The facts and stats included are interesting, and the articles are well-written and informative.
Families can talk about...
Encourage kids to research places they'd like to visit and plan a vacation to one of the parks.
If your family plans to travel to several state parks, consider buying an annual pass for $80; it gives access for a vehicle to all the U.S. National Park Service facilities.