The United States has over 400 National Parks. Exploring them together, truly puts Maria Montessori’s idea of Cosmic Education and the interconnectedness of all living and non-living things into perspective. Montessori also believed that the outdoors was the best classroom for children. Living, breathing, and interacting with nature is the best way to help children develop environmental awareness.
Montessori Style Vacations: America’s National Parks
The U.S. National Park Service has put together a 15-page brochure called “Parks for Play: 35 National Adventures for Kids of All Ages”. This pamphlet is useful for helping you plan your own Montessori eco-friendly vacations. It includes brief descriptions and pictures of 35 national parks. In addition, it provides information on the Junior Ranger and WebRangers programs for kids. The Junior Rangers program helps children explore the parks through hands-on learning activities. The WebRangers allow children to explore the parks interactively at home. In addition, there are electronic field trips (EFTs) available for Montessori teachers and parents to help students explore these beautiful, natural national treasures.
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© North American Montessori Center - originally posted in its entirety at Montessori Teacher Training on Wednesday, June 1, 2011.