Friday, April 29, 2016

National Parks

With summer just around the corner, fun-filled vacations may be in your future. With the help of Google Maps, you can now explore the National Parks from the comfort of your own home. While this surely is no substitute for the delight of seeing these beautiful landmarks in person, it can help you decide between destinations. 

Don't stop your research at the online tour.

Celebrate the birth of the first National Park in the United States (and quite possibly the world). Yellowstone Park has been a protected land for the last 140 years. National Geographic is commemorating this landmark occasion in their latest edition of the magazine (available online). Learn about volcanoes and Grizzly Bear attacks as well as environmental issues that continue to plague this large natural reserve.

Or, broaden your horizons, by learning more about the origins of the National Parks in the book: America's Public Lands: from Yellowstone to Smokey Bear and Beyond
by Randall K. Wilson
Rowman and Littlefield, 2014

Southwestern College Library
Stacks: Call Number: HD216 .W48 2014

This book is available for four-week check out with your SWC photo ID card.

Review by Lauren McFall, SWC Librarian

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