Program Pairings: Ohio’s National Parks

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Program:  Ohio’s National Parks – May 28, 6 pm, Eastlake Library 

Program description: Did you know Ohio has 8 national park sites? Park rangers from James A. Garfield National Historic Site will talk about these sites. Plus, all 4th graders will receive the FREE Every Kid Outdoors pass, which admits families to national parks & other federal lands at no charge through August 31st, 2024! Register.

Ken Burns’ PBS documentary The National Parks: America’s Best Idea on Kanopy.  

Cover image for Ken Burns' documentary The National Parks from PBS

This 12-hour, six-part documentary series by Ken Burns and Dayton Duncan tells the story of an idea as uniquely American as the Declaration of Independence and just as radical: that the most special places in the nation should be preserved, not for royalty or the rich, but for everyone. 

Cover image for National Parks Adventure documentary

National Parks Adventure documentary on Kanopy.  

Narrated by Academy Award® winner Robert Redford, NATIONAL PARKS ADVENTURE takes audiences on the ultimate off-trail adventure into the nation’s awe-inspiring great outdoors and untamed wilderness. Immersive IMAX® 3D cinematography takes viewers soaring over red rock canyons, hurtling up craggy mountain peaks and into other-worldly realms found within America’s most legendary outdoor playgrounds, including Yellowstone, Glacier National Park, Yosemite, and Arches. 

Cover for Discoveries... America National Parks documentary series

Discoveries… America, National Parks documentary series on Hoopla.  

These National Parks programs are a collection of video essays about the National Park Service and the magnificent resources they have been mandated to protect. This series isn’t just about the several dozen pieces of magnificent Americana designated “National Parks”, but also includes National Monuments, Preserves, Historical Parks, Historic Sites, Battlefield Parks, Military Parks, Battlefields, Battlefield Sites, Memorials, Recreation Areas, Seashores, Lakeshores, Rivers, Reserves, Parkways, Historic & Scenic Trails, Cemeteries & Heritage Areas. 

Book cover for Subpar Parks by Amber Share

Looking for a laugh? Don’t miss Subpar Parks. Both on the popular Instagram page and in this humorous, informative, and collectible book, combines two things that seem like they might not work together yet somehow harmonize perfectly: beautiful illustrations and informative, amusing text celebrating each national park paired with the one-star reviews disappointed tourists have left online. 

eBook on Libby

Physical Book

Book cover for National Park Mystery Series by Aaron Johnson

Have a young reader in your life who enjoys a good mystery? Check out the National Park Mystery Series by Aaron Johnson.  

eBooks on Hoopla

Physical Books 

Book cover for National Geographic Guide to National Parks

And, you can’t go wrong with the National Geographic’s books on the National Parks!  

Physical Book

eBook on Hoopla

eBook on Libby

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