Program Flyer: 101 Years of National Parks and How They Almost Didn't Happen with Author Kerrie Hollihan

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Contact Information
Kerrie Hollihan
302 Pondside Drive
White Plains, NY  10607
Phone: (513) 254-8181
Program Title
101 Years of National Parks and How They Almost Didn't Happen with Author Kerrie Hollihan
Program Type
Individual Program
Program Rating
   based on 3 evaluation(s).
Target Audience
Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 ESL Public Library: Library Patrons
Maximum Number of Participants
30 is best for this presentation but up to 40 may be accomodated
Minimum Number of Participants
Primary Disciplines
Social Studies/History, Language Arts/English, Sciences, Literacy, Reading
Program Description
We may take America’s greatest parks for granted. But little more than 100 years ago, magnificent spots like Yellowstone and the Grand Canyon were fair game for hotel builders and hunters who nearly shot buffalo to extinction. In our eyes, it seems odd that a big game hunter grasped that the wilderness was a treasure for all Americans. The old hunter, who hung plenty of deer and buffalo heads on the wall, used his power to set aside millions of acres to create preserves, historic monuments, and national parks. His name was Theodore Roosevelt, and he was president of the United States.

Author Kerrie Hollihan shares this engaging story using slides, graphics, photos, diaries, and more. How did Roosevelt, who was a sick and bullied child, grow up to become the president who used common sense and a bit of trickery to set aside millions of acres in the public trust? or
Program Format
The program opens with slide showing a famous national park view populated with hotels, swimming pools, fast food joints, etc. Students are asked: "What's wrong with this picture?"
Kerrie explains how today’s national parks could look exactly this way but for the vision of President Theodore Roosevelt. Kerrie will profile Roosevelt’s childhood, when he transformed himself from a sickly child into a young man of both physical strength and mental alertness who adored the great outdoors. (Like the author, “Teedie” Roosevelt was a bookworm!)

Kerrie touches on Roosevelt’s political career as she shares stories about his family and their exploits outdoors and in. She emphasizes how he taught his children the value of physical labor and outside adventure (including the time he led his children on a game of follow-the-leader through an open sewer).

We conclude the program by sharing age-appropriate ideas on how each of us can step up protection of green space in our own neighborhoods. For older students, Kerrie will ask: what challenges affect the environment at our school grounds, local parks, and communities?
The participant will:
…understand how Theodore Roosevelt turned his boyhood love for the American outdoors into wilderness conservation with national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and more.
…trace the development of the National Park System across space and time.
…grasp that their passions as children and teens will live on in their adult lives of work and service.
…take part in discussion about the quality of the environment in their own communities.
National/Common Core Standards to which this program aligns
U.S. History 5-12 Era 4: Expansion and Reform (1801-1861), Science as Inquiry, Life Science, Earth and Space Science, Geography, Places and regions, Geography/Physical Systems, U.S. History 5 - 12/ Eras 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10; English/Reading for Understanding
State/Regional Standards to which this program aligns
Kerrie will assist teachers in aligning this program to state standards.
Program Length
45 minutes for 3rd grade; 1 hours for older students
Date/Time Notes
This program is available by request only
Program Cost
Interactive: $300.00
Interactive Premium: $300.00
Program Fee Notes
Billing will be made by iNK Think Tank and payment should be made to iNK Think Tank.
Cancellation Policy
We will not charge for programs cancelled due to nature i.e. snow days. The full fee will be charged to sites which cancel with less than 48 hours notice.
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Program Delivery Mode(s)
Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Skype, iChat, Vidyo, Movi/Jabber, Blue Jeans, etc...)FieldTripZoom

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