I am a superfan of the National Park Service. We are so fortunate that our leaders, almost 100 years ago, thought to preserve our national heritage and lands through the park system. It is a particularly great time to visit as the NPS celebrates its 99th year and looks towards its centennial celebrations. This school year 4th graders and their families can visit national parks, etc. for free. The park service has an interactive website, a list of 99 ways to find your park, and their own hashtag (#FindYourPark).
Because Brad works at the base of the Tetons (in the park!!) we have had so many wonderful opportunities to explore. This week we took a scenic/ interpretive cruise around Jenny Lake. The boys learned about glaciers and the way nature shapes the land and lakes in this area.
We also spent time at the Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve where we learned about land conservationists who have shaped and sustained the park system by sharing their private land for the benefit of all Americans.
Our first week of road schooling behind us. I will share that there were a lot of things that did not work. We are learning about the process, expectations, limitations and patience. However, there was one thing that did work. I agreed to exchange one day of writing for the successful completion of the Junior Ranger program. Win, win.