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National Parks Issue Date: 10-09-2016

Cool Spots image PBS presents The National Parks: America’s Best Idea, pbs.org/nationalparks/history, a film by Ken Burns. Episodes include photographs, history and videos that would be useful in a presentation or research project. Adventurers, inventors, conservationists, authors and entrepreneurs were some of the people who worked to preserve this country’s beautiful scenery. In History Overview, see which natural wonders inspired the creation of parks for the public to enjoy. The National Parks Timeline gives a historical context to the establishment of our national parks system.

Visit: http://pbs.org/nationalparks/history
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Yosemite Issue Date: 10-09-2016

Cool Spots image The Sierra Club introduces you to its founder, famous wilderness explorer, conservationist and author John Muir, vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit. Considered the Father of National Parks, he was instrumental in moving Congress to establish the first one, Yosemite. In The Life and Contributions of John Muir, you will find articles written about his experiences, including his life in Scotland, Wisconsin, Yosemite and Alaska. In the Chronology of his life, you’ll be amazed at his inventions and adventures from a very young age. From walking 1,000 miles at age 29 to climbing Mount Whitney at 35, he was always intrepid.

Visit: http://vault.sierraclub.org/john_muir_exhibit
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Mall History Issue Date: 09-04-2016

Cool Spots imageHave you ever wondered why there’s an area in Washington, D.C., called the National Mall, but it has nothing to do with shopping? Visit mallhistory.org to learn where it is and why it was created. First visit the Interactive Map and click the tabs to find out more about why each location is important. Head over to Explorations for a Scavenger Hunt, a peek at the neighborhood during the 1800s, and to see alternate designs for the Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument. Learn more about the many People who played important roles in the history of the Mall. Discover why George Washington fired the original city planner, Pierre Charles L’Enfant.

Visit: http://mallhistory.org
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Visit a Skyscraper Issue Date: 07-17-2016

Cool Spots imageTravel to New York and step inside an iconic historic landmark, the Empire State Building, at audiotour.esbnyc.com/node/390. Known as the tallest building in the world for 40 years after it was erected, this amazing structure took less than a year to finish. Dare to Dream outlines the project from its conception to completion. You will be amazed when you see the brave ironworkers who spent months at dangerous heights to build the steel frame of the skyscraper. Did you know that the Empire State Building has its very own ZIP code? Find out how the Sustainability project helped create a smarter, more energy-efficient building.

Visit: http://audiotour.esbnyc.com/node/390
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Smoky Mountains Issue Date: 05-22-2016

Cool Spots imageTake an electronic field trip through the Great Smoky Mountains, electronicfieldtrip.org/smokies. Adjust the microscope lens to begin exploring the site. Watch a video about the park’s biodiversity. Interestingly, the largest number of species are invertebrates that live on the forest floor. The plants and animals found here are dependent upon each other. Learn more at A Connected Web, then Find the Connections in the food chain. Factories, auto emissions and acid rain can damage ecosystems. Play Home, Sweet Habitat and protect your chosen animal from Biodiversity Threats.

Visit: http://electronicfieldtrip.org/smokies
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