National Parks

This New Summer Camp Offers Quality Time for Grandparents & Grandchildren in National Parks

Being outdoors and engaging kids in learning about the natural world is a stimulating alternative to a smartphone screen. Many grandparents are eager to spend one-on-one time with their grandchildren and share fond memories of  experiences from their own childhoods or trips with their children years ago. We recommend: Veranos con los abuelos: Cómo las […]

Girl Scouts to Introduce More Tweens & Teens to the Wonders of the Outdoors

According to the Girl Scout Research Institute’s More Than S’mores: Successes and Surprises in Girl Scouts’ Outdoor Experiences, girls benefit immensely from exposure to the outdoors. Data showcases direct connections between outdoor experiences and Girl Scouts’ understanding of their leadership potential. Despite the benefits of experiencing the outdoors, about 60 percent of girls are not […]

Special Finding in Shenandoah National Park

As I worked with our team for the American Latino Heritage Fund on researching the unique history and landscape of Shenandoah National Park we discovered an interesting rarity- a Latina National Park Ranger! Enedina Gasaway- Mexico-born mother of adult children- found her passion later in life in Shenandoah’s amazing environment. Introduced to the area and […]

American Latino Heritage Road Trip- Days 3 & 4- Shenandoah National Park

Exploring Junior Ranger programs – Get your ‘familia’ there!  Days 3 & 4 of our American Latino Heritage Road Trip wasn’t focused specifically on sites that had Latino influence but more on how Latinos and multicultural families can and should plan to experience and enjoy our national parks.  When you consider that among the top […]

A National Park a la Tweens Vacation Experience – Ideas & More – Part 1

Theme: Happy husband and kids while on vacation- Dios Mio– what a challenge! A few years back my husband watched the Ken Burns special on PBS “America’s National Parks” and then ‘silly me’ – I bought him a National Geographic book on the National Parks- it has been a blessing and curse wrapped into one! […]