Spiral Notebook
It’s National Park Week!
by Mary Kay Carson
April 15, 2016
It’s National Park Week!

This is a great week to hit the trails, climb a cliff, or visit a site where history was made. Why? April 16-24 is National Park Week! It’s a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage. National parks are some of the most treasured places on the continent. You can discover a national park near you at findyourpark.com. There are extra activities planned for the week all across the nation, including Junior Ranger days and citizen science projects. Admission is free all week, too!

You can take a virtual trip to Yellowstone, Saguaro, and Great Smoky Mountains National Parks in the pages of PARK SCIENTISTSGila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America’s Own Backyard. Tag along with scientists tracking gila monsters, collaring bears, measuring cacti, and studying fireflies. Get a sneak peek by watching the Park Scientists book trailer on YouTube!


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About Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman

Mary Kay Carson and Tom Uhlman are the author and illustrator of Emi and the Rhino Scientist and The Bat Scientists.  Mary Kay has written many books for children and Tom has been a freelance photographer for twenty years. They live in Cincinnati, Ohio, with their dog Ruby where they wait each summer evening for the bats to begin circling above their backyard pond. Tom UhlmanTom also shot photographs for Eruption!, a Scientists in the Field book about volcanoes by Liz Rusch.  Mary Kay and Tom's upcoming Scientists in the Field book is Park Scientists: Gila Monsters, Geysers, and Grizzly Bears in America's Own Backyard, which is about America's National Parks.


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