Places To Go!

There are many beautiful natural areas in our country and in other countries around the world. This story focuses on the deserts; however, our oceans, lakes, parks and forests are in danger from trash as well. We need to protect and keep our lands clean for the plants and animals to survive. And we want to enjoy visiting these places in the future!

 

This story is about the Sonoran Desert and Saguaro National Park. They are very large areas spread through Arizona, California, and Mexico. These areas are being affected by the amounts of trash that enter the parks and can cause harm to animals and plants. 

 

Check out other areas that we can protect and enjoy! 

Maybe one day you will visit ALL of them!

FACTS ABOUT DESERTS

  • There are four types of deserts: hot/dry, semi arid, coastal and cold.

  • About one-third (1/3) of the Earth’s land surface is desert.

  • There are 4 large deserts in North America: Sonoran, Mohave, Great Basin, and Chihuahuan.

  • The Mojave Desert is the driest desert in North America.

  • The Sonoran Desert is the hottest desert in Mexico.

  • The Great Basin Desert is the largest desert of North America.

  • The Antarctic Desert is the largest desert in the world.

  • The Carcross Desert in Canada is the smallest desert in the world. 

  • The Gobi Desert in China is the fastest growing desert in the world.

  • The Namib Desert in Africa is the oldest and has the tallest sand dunes in the world.

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NORTH AMERICAN LANDS

North America is home to many beautiful natural areas. Our National Park system works hard to preserve the lands as well as protect the animals and plants. Study these areas and find out what is special about each. Locate them on a map. The lists below are only a few to investigate in North America. 

Perhaps one day a visit will happen!

For more information about

The National Park Services in America paste this address into your browser.

https://www.nps.gov

Our lands need us!

PARKS OF THE SOUTHWEST

NATIONAL PARKS IN ARIZONA

  • Grand Canyon National Park

  • Vermillion Cliffs National Monument

  • Wupatki National Monument

  • Sunset Crater National Monument

  • Montezuma’s Castle National Monument

  • Walnut Canyon National Monument

  • Meteor Crater National Landmark

  • The Petrified Forest National Park

  • Saguaro National Park

  • Monument Valley

  • Canyon De Chelly National Monument

  • Organ Pipe Cactus National Monument

NATIONAL PARKS IN NEW MEXICO

  • Carlsbad Caverns National Park

  • Chaco Culture National Park

  • Gila Cliff Dwellings National Monument

  • Pecos National Park

  • Petroglyph National Monument

  • White Sands National Monument

NATIONAL PARKS IN CALIFORNIA

  • Death Valley National Park

  • Yosemite National Park

  • Channel Islands National Park

  • Joshua Tree National Park

  • Redwood National Park

  • Sequoia National Park

  • Kings Canyon National Park

  • Cabrillo National Monument

  • Mojave National Preserve

  • Muir Woods National Monument

  • Lassen Volcanic National Park

  • Pinnacles National Park

  • Point Reyes National Seashore

Adventure Awaits!

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Special clean-up programs in:

  • Yosemite National Park

  • Grand Teton National Park

  • Denali National Park

ACTIVITIES FOR FURTHER LEARNING

1. Locate some of the National Parks on a map. Study the land formations,

    the animals and the plants of the area.

2. Research the history of a particular National Park. 

3. Figure out which National Parks are in your state or country.  Have you ever       visited one? Find out what is special about the park near you.

4. Write to a National Park or local State or City Park and ask about the recycling     and trash programs. Is there some way you might help?