Resources for Every Kid in a Park & U.S. National Parks Service

“All the wild world is beautiful, and it matters but little where we go, to highlands or lowlands, woods or plains, on the sea or land or down among the crystals of waves or high in a balloon in the sky; through all the climates, hot or cold, storms and calms, everywhere and always we are in God’s eternal beauty and love. So universally true is this, the spot where we chance to be always seems the best.”  John Muir






Every Kid in a Park

Every Kid in a Park website

How the Every Kid in a Park initiative works

Get your Every Kid in a Park pass

Every Kid in a Park Facebook Page










U.S. National Parks

National Park Service lesson plans for teachers and parents

Find Your Park!

Explore the National Parks with Sesame Street

Become a Junior Ranger

Junior Ranger Activity Book: Puzzles, Games, Facts, and Tons More Fun Inspired by the U.S. National Parks! (publication date February 9, 2016)

Birding in the National Parks

“Audubon’s Field Guide to Birding in the National Parks” by Kenn Kaufman

Our National Parks by John Muir, 1901; free online edition at The Sierra Club

National Geographic’s free app guide to 25 of the National Parks

“The National Parks: America’s Best Idea”, Ken Burns’s 12-hour PBS series

The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, An Illustrated History by Dayton Duncan and Ken Burns, companion volume to the PBS series

Ansel Adams in the National Parks

America’s National Parks: A Pop-Up Book by Bruce Foster, Dave Ember, and Don Compton

M is for Majestic: A National Parks Alphabet, written by David Domeniconi and illustrated by Pamela Carroll

National Parks coloring book (A Dover Nature Coloring Book)

National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA

National Geographic Kids’ National Parks Guide USA, Centennial Edition: The Most Amazing Sights, Scenes, and Cool Activities from Coast to Coast! (publication date February 9, 2016)










Yosemite National Park

Birdwatching at Yosemite National Park

Birds in Yosemite National Park

Yosemite Bird Checklist

Yosemite Wildlife Species Lists

Yosemite’s Kids & Youth page with links and more resources

Yosemite Conservancy

Yosemite Conservancy webcams

The Yosemite by John Muir, 1912; free online edition at The Sierra Club

The Laws Field Guide to the Sierra Nevada, written and illustrated by John Muir Laws, published by the California Academy of Sciences

Sierra Birds: A Hiker’s Guide Paperback, written and illustrated by John Muir Laws, published by the California Academy of Sciences

Birds of Yosemite and the East Slope by David Gaines; more on California birder and environmentalist David Gaines here

Yosemite: The Complete Guide: Yosemite National Park by James Kaiser

Lonely Planet Guide to Yosemite, Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Yosemite by Ansel Adams

Four Seasons of Yosemite: A Photographer’s Journey by Mark Boster, with foreword by Robert Redford

The Photographer’s Guide to Yosemite by Michael Frye

My Yosemite: A Guide for Young Adventurers by Mike Graf and Annette Filice

Yosemite National Park: Harrowing Ascent of Half Dome by Mike Graf, illustrated by Marjorie Leggitt (from the kids’ book series, “Adventures with the Parkers”)

Yosemite’s Songster: One Coyote’s Story, picture book by Ginger Wadsworth and Daniel San Souci

Two Bear Cubs: A Miwok Legend from California’s Yosemite Valley, picture book by Robert D. San Souci and Daniel San Souci

The Camping Trip that Changed America, picture book by Barb Rosenstock and Mordicai Gerstein; President Theodore Roosevelt joins John Muir on a camping trip through Yosemite in 1903

Who Pooped in the Park? Yosemite National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Elijah Brady Clark

The Super Silly Yosemite Sticker and Activity Book: Puzzles, Games, Mazes and More! by Katherine Brumage and Doug Hansen

Good Night Yosemite by Adam Gamble and Mark Jasper (publication date, May 2016)

The Sierra Adventure Coloring Book: Featuring Yosemite National Park by Doug Hansen

Acadia Poster

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park

Acadia National Park Centennial (1916-2016) website

Acadia Centennial Activities for Kids & Teens, Families & Schools

Birding at Acadia National Park

Birds of Acadia

Peregrine Falcons in Acadia

Acadia Bird Checklist (free to download)

Acadia Wildlife Checklists

Acadia’s Kids & Youth page with links and more resources

Acadia’s For Kids page with more resources

Acadia Birding Festival, June 2-5, 2016 (registration begins March 1); with keynote speakers
Stephen Kress, Jen Brumfield, and Sharon Stiteler

Friends of Acadia

“Migration is for the Birds” by Richard MacDonald from the Fall 2014 Friends of Acadia Journal

Field Card for the Birds of Mount Desert Island by Richard MacDonald, The Natural History Center, free to download (PDF); a single-page, trifold card (best printed on card stock and then folded) listing the 355 extant species of birds documented for Mount Desert Island.

Checklist of the Birds of Mount Desert Island by Richard MacDonald, The Natural History Center; this free, printable 20-page checklist includes all 353 species of birds documented for Mount Desert Island, including Bar Harbor and Acadia National Park (including introduced, released, or extinct species).

Birds of Mount Desert Island, Maine, and Acadia National Park by Richard MacDonald (5th edition pending): “Birds of Mount Desert Island will be a completely revised and expanded version of the work of ornithologist James Bond (first and second editions) and local science teacher Ralph “Bud” Long (third and fourth editions). In addition to the traditional species accounts, this new edition will include robust chapters on the history of birding and ornithology on Mount Desert Island and where to find the birds.”

Maine Birding Trail websitefree printable booklet (PDF), and complete guide, Maine Birding Trail: The Official Guide to More Than 260 Accessible Sites by Bob Duchesne

Field Guide to Acadia National Park, Maine by Russell D. Butcher; available in paperback and via Kindle

Acadia: The Complete Guide: Mt Desert Island & Acadia National Park by James Kaiser; available in paperback and via Kindle

Maine Birding Trail: The Official Guide to More Than 260 Accessible Sites by Bob Duchesne

Discover Acadia National Park by Jerry and Marcy Monkman (Appalachian Mountain Club)

Ultimate Acadia: 50 Reasons to Visit Maine’s National Park by Virginia M. Wright; available in hardcover and via Kindle

The Park Loop Road: A Guide to Acadia National Park’s Scenic Byway, written and photographed by Robert A. Thayer

Acadia National Park: A Centennial Celebration; with photography by Tom Blagden Jr., and contributions by David Macdonald, Sheridan Steele, Christopher Crosman, Dayton Duncan, Christopher Camuto, W. Kent Olson, and David Rockefeller Jr. (publication date March 15, 2016 by Rizzoli)

Coastal Maine: Including Acadia National Park by Hilary Nangle (Moon Handbooks); available in paperback and via Kindle

Acadia National Park waterproof trail map

Photographing Acadia National Park: The Essential Guide to When, Where, and How by Colleen Miniuk-Sperry

Who Pooped in the Park? Acadia National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson and Robert Rath

The Sea Cow: A Rhyming Tale Set in Acadia National Park, written by Beth Parks and illustrated by Danielle Ermitage Demers

Out of the Deep: A Mystery in Acadia National Park by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson (from the kids’ book series, “Mysteries in Our National Parks”)

Acadia National Park: Eye of the Whale by Mike Graf (from the kids’ book series, “Adventures with the Parkers”)



Grand Canyon National Park

Grand Canyon National Park

California Condors at the Grand Canyon

Birds in the Grand Canyon

Grand Canyon National Park Bird Checklist (pdf)

Grand Canyon programs for Kids & Youth

Grand Canyon Trust: citizen science, youth leadership, conservation internships

Grand Canyon Trust’s magazine, The Advocate

National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) Grand Canyon webpage

NPCA blog post, April 2016: “How a child’s first visit to the Grand Canyon seeded a life-long path”

“A Birder’s View of the Grand Canyon”, July 2015 blog post by Sharon “Birdchick” Stiteler, a birder, blogger, digiscoper, and National Park ranger

Maricopa Audubon Society website, and their NW Arizona Birding Info page

Arizona Important Bird Areas Program

Grand Canyon: The Complete Guide: Grand Canyon National Park by James Kaiser

Lonely Planet Guide to Grand Canyon National Park

Belknap’s Waterproof Grand Canyon River Guide

Down the Great Unknown: John Wesley Powell’s 1869 Journey of Discovery and Tragedy Through the Grand Canyon by Edward Dolnick

Beyond the Hundredth Meridian: John Wesley Powell and the Second Opening of the West by Wallace Stegner

The Emerald Mile: The Epic Story of the Fastest Ride in History Through the Heart of the Grand Canyon by Kevin Fedarko

The Grand Canyon Reader, edited by by Lance Newman

The Hidden Canyon: A River Journey by Edward Abbey, photography by John Blaustein

Windows into the Earth: The Geologic Story of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks by Robert B. Smith and Lee J. Siegel

Lasting Light: 125 Years of Grand Canyon by Stephen Trimble

Birds of Arizona Field Guide by Stan Tekiela

Jim Burns’ Arizona Birds: From the Backyard to the Backwoods

American Birding Association’s Field Guide to Birds of Arizona by Rick Wright, photographs by Brian E. Small; to be published on August 1, 2016

A Field Guide to the Grand Canyon by Stephen R. Whitney

Grand Canyon Trail Map

The children’s classic, Brighty of the Grand Canyon by Marguerite Henry, illustrated by Wesley Dennis

In the Canyon by Liz Garton Scanlon, illustrated by Ashley Wolff

Over the Edge: A Mystery in Grand Canyon National Park by Gloria Skurzynski and Alane Ferguson (from the kids’ book series, “Mysteries in Our National Parks”)

Grand Canyon National Park: Tail of the Scorpion by Mike Graf, illustrated by Marjorie Leggitt (from the kids’ book series, “Adventures with the Parkers”)

Who Pooped in the Park? Grand Canyon National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary D. Robson, illustrated by Elijah Brady Clark

Where Is the Grand Canyon? by Jim O’Connor, illustrated by Daniel Colón

Puzzler’s Guide to the Grand Canyon by Kristy McGowan and Karen Richards, illustrated by Harvey Jackson

Dover’s Grand Canyon Plants and Animals Coloring Book



Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Birds of Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Checklist of Chequamegon Bay Birds (pdf)

Apostle Islands National Lakeshore programs for Kids & Youth

Friends of the Apostle Islands National Lakeshore

Apostle Islands Nature & Wildlife page at Oh Ranger

Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival

List of birds to be seen during the Chequamegon Bay Birding & Nature Festival (May)

Apostle Islands (Souvenir Edition): From Land and Sea, photographed by Craig Blacklock

Discovering the Apostle Islands: Where to Go, What to Do, How to Get There by Lawrence Newman

Sailing Adventures in the Apostle Islands: The Cruising Guide for Boaters in the Apostle Islands by Lawrence Newman

This Superior Place: Stories of Bayfield and the Apostle Islands by Dennis McCann

National Geographic’s waterproof Apostle Islands National Lakeshore map

The classic picture book (a Caldecott Honor winner), Paddle-to-the-Sea, written and illustrated by Holling C. Holling

The modern classic (set on Madeline Island) The Birchbark House by Louise Erdrich (Author)

On Sand Island by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, illustrated by David A. Johnson; a picture book by the author of Snowflake Bentley

Lighthouses for Kids: History, Science, and Lore with 21 Activities by Katherine L. House

Dover’s North American Lighthouses Coloring Book, by John Batchelor



Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park

Wildlife viewing in Olympic National Park

Birds of Olympic National Park

Birding in Olympic National Park

Olympic National Park’s Kids & Youth programs

Olympic National Park’s “Bark Ranger” program for park visitors and their dogs 

Audubon Washington’s Olympic Loop page with an Olympic Loop guide (pdf)

Oh Ranger’s Olympic National Park page

REI Co-op’s Olympic National Park Visitor Guide

Day Hiking Olympic Peninsula: National Park/Coastal Beaches/Southwest Washington by Craig Romano

Olympic Mountains Trail Guide: National Park & National Forest by Robert L. Wood

National Geographic Olympic National Park waterproof map

Who Pooped in the Park? Olympic National Park: Scat and Tracks for Kids by Gary Robson, illustrated by Robert Rath

Olympic National Park: Touch of the Tide Pool, Crack of the Glacier by Mike Graf and Marjorie Leggitt (from the kids’ book series, “Adventures with the Parkers”)


Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve

Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve

Animals at Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve

Aniakchak Species Lists: Amphibians, Birds, Fish, Mammals, Reptiles, Vascular Plants

Inventory of Breeding Birds in Aniakchak National Monument and Preserve (final report from the National Park Service’s Inventory & Monitoring Program)

“Baked Alaska: Surviving Aniakchak National Monument” by Christopher Solomon

Oh Ranger’s Aniakchak National Monument & Preserve page

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