It’s National Park Week! Celebrate the United States National Parks every day, but especially from April 17-25 during National Park Week. Here are 10 great ways you can celebrate National Park Week in your middle school classroom:
- If your school is near a National Park, volunteer. There are opportunities for middle school children (with written consent from their parents, of course), to help make the National Parks a better place for everyone! Students younger than 13 can become Junior Rangers and take a more personal ownership of their local National Park.
- Visit a park, either in person or virtually. If you don’t live near a National Park, there are many ways your middle school students can explore what the parks have to offer virtually. Show a video, read a book, or take a virtual tour. Even if you live near a National Park, take a virtual tour of one very far away that your students likely wouldn’t know about – some of my favorites are Glacier Bay National Park, Death Valley, and the Everglades.
- Have each student or group of students create a slideshow about one National Park and share with their class. Let them include famous attractions, things to see, and how to get there.
- Share your National Park experiences on social media. Use the hashtags #NationalParkWeek and #FindYourPark. Let your students explore what other people have shared about their favorite parks.
- Learn about health and how National Parks help keep everyone healthier, mentally and physically. Have students create an infographic on why we need parks.
- Have your students write a poem, draw a picture or poster about National Parks.
- Locate the National Parks on a map. Have students map out a road trip to see as many of them as possible.
- Hold a fundraiser for The National Park Foundation. Sell cookies, themed masks, or homework passes – whatever you can!
- Celebrate Earth Day by learning about the integral part National Parks play in environmental protection. Research the history of the National Parks to learn about their creation.
- Celebrate our Country’s heritage by exploring how many cultures have joined together to become one nation.
How will you celebrate National Park week in your middle school classroom?