Wednesday, April 26, 2023

National Park Week: Visit North Cascade National Park and Olympic National Park

 This week is National Park Week! The hashtag is #NationalParkWeek.  America has so many beautiful parks to visit!

Atteen is sharing two wonderful national parks today!

North Cascade National Park 

Here is Atteen's trip to North Cascade! North Cascade National Park was established in 1968 and is found in the state of Washington. It is 684,000 acres large and has tall mountains, beautiful valleys, and gorgeous lakes. Tourists might see black bears, black-tailed deer, mountain lions, bobcats, marmots, and birds. This national park has more glaciers than anywhere else in the lower 48 states. It has approximately 300 glaciers. The glacial melt makes the lake look that unusual blue color. It is especially pretty on sunny days. 


Olympic National Park 

Atteen and her family also visited Olympic National Park while they were in the state of Washington.  This nearly million-acre national park has four regions: the coastline along the Pacific Ocean, a temperate rainforest, an alpine (or mountain) area, and drier forest areas. The giant Sitka fir trees can be viewed along the hiking trails. They can grow to be 300 feet tall!

Tourists might see Roosevelt elk, snowshoe hares, pocket gophers, and hundreds of different types of birds. 

What park would you like to visit that is NOT in California?

What is the best part about camping? If you haven't camped, what do you think would be the best part?

Tuesday, April 25, 2023

National Park Week: Visit Yosemite and Sequoia Parks

 This week is National Park Week! The hashtag is #NationalParkWeek.  America has so many beautiful parks to visit!

Grace is sharing two wonderful national parks today, Yosemite and Sequoia!

Yosemite National Park 

Here is Grace's trip to Yosemite! Yosemite National Park was established in 1890 and is found in the state of California. It is usually open all year, however, sometimes it closes for heavy snow or flooding. This park is about 760,000 acres and it has a lot of wildlife. Tourists might see mule deer, ground squirrels, bears, marmots, and a lot of birds. Remember, never feed wild animals! 

See Half Dome in the background! This giant is made of granite and many mountain climbers like to ascend the face. 

Grace and her family hiked up to Mariposa Grove to see the giant sequoia trees. Mariposa Grove has hundreds of giant sequoias. One tree is called the Grizzly Giant and it is approximately 1900-2400 years old! It stands about 210 feet tall. Wow!

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Park 

Sequoia-Kings Canyon National Parks are also located in California. The General Sherman tree is a highlight for tourists. This tree is the largest tree in the world by VOLUME. It is 275 feet tall and is quite a beauty. 

If you could visit one of these national parks, what would you like to do or see? 

Which was your favorite photo from Grace's trips and why? 

Monday, April 24, 2023

National Park Week: Visit Joshua Tree!

 This week is National Park Week in America!  The hashtag is #NationalParkWeek  To celebrate, we will be featuring different parks visited by Mrs. Yollis and her students.

First up is Koush! He and his family visited Joshua Tree National Park. This beauty is located in a desert region of southern California. It is close to Palm Springs, California. 

Joshua Tree National Park was established in 1994. The park is 560,000 acres and tourists come from all over the world to bird watch, climb boulders or rock walls, camp, and hike.

The park is named for the Joshua tree that grows throughout. Some people think the Joshua tree is ugly, but we think this unique tree is gorgeous! What do you think?

Anaitis also spent some time at Joshua Tree National Park! Here are some of her photos that showcase the beautiful trees and giant boulders. 

If you could go to Joshua Tree National Park, what would you spend your time doing? 

What do you notice about the unique Joshua tree?