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Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Offers Free School Programs

Jan. 26, 2022

Students across the state can learn what watersheds are and how they can help keep them healthy through a hands-on program from Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore. Open OutDoors for Kids provides  classroom lessons and activities, including kits for students to design, build, and test a small beach cleanup machine. Schools across the state can join for free, thanks to a grant from the National Park Foundation. All 3rd-, 4th- and 5th-grade classes in the Great Lakes region are encouraged to apply for the free lessons and design kits here

Lessons focused on “Earth and Human Activity” and “Engineering Design” will help students learn Next Generation Science Standards.  Students will also be able to expand their vocabulary and skills as they learn words like watershed and the process for developing and using models. NPF President and CEO Will Shafroth says the parks make learning is fun, memorable, and hands-on. “Parks open kids’ eyes to the wonder and complexities of nature and history, sharing diverse perspectives that offer a wider understanding of our country’s progress and struggles,” he says. Since 2011, the National Park Foundation has engaged more than one million students in educational programs connecting them with national parks across the country. Its goal is to connect another million students to parks by the end of the 2024-25 school year.

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