14 Summer Learning Adventures in National Parks

Summer learning in national parks

Everglades National Park offers excellent learning opportunities in natural surroundings. National Park Service photo.

School may be out for the summer, but there are plenty of ways to explore science, history, and the arts—with or without kids—in some of America’s best classrooms, our national parks.

  • 14 Summer Learning Experiences > > Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland

    1. Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Maryland

    Explore Fort McHenry in Baltimore, Maryland, the 18th century star-shaped fort where Americans repelled the British invasion during the War of 1812. The fort is also the birthplace of our national anthem, as the battle inspired Francis Scott Key to author the “Star-Spangled Banner.” This summer is an especially exciting time to visit, as it marks the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Baltimore. Bicentennial events are happening all summer long, culminating with the “Star-Spangled Spectacular” in September, when visitors can explore tall ships and see a kind of “rockets’ red glare” during a brilliant fireworks display. Photo © Kristen Brengel/NPCA.

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About the Author

NPCA Cheapeake Field Representative Ed Stierli

Ed is the Chesapeake field representative for the Mid-Atlantic region and does grassroots outreach to connect communities with national parks. Passionate about connecting youth with the outdoors and conservation, he also leads the “Freedom to Float” campaign and is an active hiker and paddler. Find him on Twitter at @edstierli.