Category Archives: nature

Voyageurs National Park

Our National Parks tour is almost over! This week Sophie and Sadie are at Voyageurs National Park in northern Minnesota. The way to get to this park is by water – on a kayak or canoe or boat! Moose are in the same family as deer – but much much bigger. Their shoulders are a high as an adults head – and that’s not even counting their antlers (which are also called paddles). The word ‘moose’ means twig eater in […]

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Badlands National Park

We’re almost done with our National Parks tour – stopping in Badlands National Park before the snow starts. Sophie and Sadie found the cabin that Theodore Roosevelt, the 26th president of the United States and the president who started the National Parks system, lived in when he spent time in North Dakota. Most of North Dakota is a prairie, or meadow, full of long grasses that smell really wonderful. And there are places where the prairie suddenly ends and the […]

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Yellowstone National Park

Wow – geysers are amazing! Kind of like volcanoes, but with water spurting up out of the earth. There are only a few place in the world where the conditions are just right for geysers – they need a place where water can hit super hot rocks under the earth’s surface heating up the water and making lots of steam and energy. The other thing that is needed is cracks in the earth’s surface for all that steam and energy […]

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Crater Lake National Park

Can you imagine a volcano erupting so strongly that it’s whole top blows off and falls down?! That’s what happened to Mt Mazama in Oregon. And then it slowly got filled with rain water (it took 740 years!) and now it is the deepest lake in North America and one of the deepest lakes in the world! Click on the image below, or click here, to open the coloring page, then download, print, and start coloring!

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Pumpkin time!

Sophie and Sadie are wandering through a pumpkin patch – just in time for Halloween! There are lots of different kinds of pumpkins – some are better for eating and some are better for carving. They are native to North America, but now they are grown on every continent except for Antarctica! Click on the image below, or click here, to open the coloring page, then download, print, and start coloring!

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Redwood National Park

Redwood trees have been around since the days of the dinosaurs! Although none of them are that old, there are some that are several thousand years old. They can grow as tall as a 30 story building and can be as wide as 4 adults standing in line with their arms stretched way out to the side. Sophie’s arms are just stretching over a little part of this Redwood! Even the bark is big – it can be a foot thick! […]

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Crystal Shop

There are all kinds of crystals – and the idea is a bit complicated. It’s all about how atoms and molecules come together to make very specific shapes. Snowflakes are crystals and so is salt and sugar and ice. And so are a lot of stones and rocks – especially in places that have cool natural awesomeness like Sophie and Sadie are seeing on their trip visiting the US National Parks. Looks like they found a shop that sells crystals […]

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Joshua Tree National Park

Desert, Dessert – there are a lot of different kinds of both deserts (that are usually places that don’t get much rain) and desserts (that are usually sugary and yummy to eat). Two deserts come together in Joshua Tree National Park in Southern California – the Mojave Desert and the Colorado Desert. Sophie and Sadie are in the Mojave Desert part where the fun looking Joshua Trees grow and there are mountains of huge rocks to climb! Better to not […]

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Arches National Park

Arches National Park in Utah is filled with…arches! Sandstone arches. Sometimes it’s wind that causes natural structures, sometimes water – this time it is salt! This area was once an ocean that evaporated leaving a lot of salt behind. The layers of salt combined with layers of harder and softer sandstone – and some wind and water – to create these arches. The sandstone comes in different colors and Sophie and Sadie are getting to see how the different colors […]

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Zion National Park

Zion National Park

Zion National Park in Utah isn’t too far away from the Grand Canyon, but it is being carved by a different river – the Virgin River. It’s not a very powerful river, but it sure is when it rains and there are flash floods! Sophie and Sadie are in a part of the park called the Subway – because the shape that the river has carved out of the rock as it goes around the corner makes it look like […]

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