Books to Celebrate 100 Years of National Parks

April 6, 2016

We love the National Parks around here. Not just in Utah (we have five) but also in my family. The Harmans do a big, crazy camping trip to Arches National Park every year. This year, we are also taking our kids to Glacier National Park and Capital Reef National Park. Give us a picnic table in a National Park and a cooler of food and we are happy, happy people.

So we are pretty stoked about the rich history of those parks, now celebrating 100 years. Happy birthday, NPS!

Here are some amazing and fun books from National Geographic (they are also big fans of the Parks) to help educate and inspire you and your kids.

This list was used for a Studio 5 segment (video link) and a column for

Ways to Celebrate

1. National Parks Week is April 16-24. Admission to all parks is free. Check the NPS website for all the fun activities and events.

2. Clark Planetarium is now showing the IMAX movie, “National Parks Adventure 3D”, narrated by Robert Redford.

3. Pick up a National Geographic book to learn more and see more.

Books for Kids

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1. “National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide USA: Centennial Edition”

This fun companion to the popular “National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States” (see below) gives young explorers an inside look at the parks. Information, vibrant photographs, ‘must-do’ lists, animals, and more make this a must-have companion to your national park adventure.

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2. “National Geographic Kids Junior Ranger Activity Book”

For the extra-curious kid, this activity book has puzzles, trivia quizzes, photo games and hilarious jokes. Perfect for the car ride to and from a park adventure.

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3. “National Geographic Kids Funny Fill In: My National Parks Adventure”

Get the whole family laughing with this hilarious book of quirky word fill-in stories. For more fun, the book includes full-color art and photos and wacky bonus facts.

Books for Adults

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1. “National Geographic Guide to National Parks of the United States, 8th Edition”

The brand-new, 8th edition, “Guide to the National Parks” includes fresh photos, maps and text. Guidance from expert park writers lets you know exactly where to go and what to see in each park.

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2. “National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks: The Experts’ Guide to the Best Experiences Beyond the Tourist Trail”

If you’re looking for adventures off the beaten (tourist) path, make sure to throw this book in your backpack. One-of-the-kind insights from the people who know the parks the best reveal even more amazing things to see and do.

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3. “National Geographic The National Parks: An Illustrated History” by Kim Heacox

This beautiful book is the official companion for the National Parks centennial. Author Kim Heacox takes readers on a special journey through the last 100 years of the natural splendor of the parks, with fascinating stories, facts, and breathtaking photography.

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