100+ Years of National Parks and How They Almost Didn't Happen with Author Kerrie Hollihan

by  Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

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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?

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45 minutes for 3rd grade; 1 hours for older students and adults

Target Audience

Education: Grade(s) 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, Adult Learners ESL Public Library: Library Patrons

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Maximum participants:

30 is best for this presentation but up to 40 may be accomodated

Primary Disciplines

Language Arts/English, Literacy, Reading, Sciences, Social Studies/History

Program Delivery Mode

Videoconference – Webcam/desktop (Zoom, Google Meet, Cisco WebEx, GoToMeeting, Microsoft Teams, etc...)

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Authors on Call, iNK Think Tank

White Plains, NY
United States

The Common Core State Standards have focused attention on process and using nonfiction in the classroom. Our Authors on Call from iNK Think Tank embody the CCSS. This team uses their extraordinary breadth of knowledge to transform today's classrooms into vital centers of learning. These authors are experts in processing enormous amounts of information, sifting through it and synthesizing it into works with added value. So why not talk to these masters of 21st century skillsand let them unpack their process for your students? They are eager to share their knowledge with you and to help you inspire your students with books kids love to read about subjects you're required to teach. So far our authors include Jan Adkins, Vicki Cobb,  Roxie Munro, Dorothy Hinshaw Patent,Carla Killough McClafferty, Kerrie Hollihan, Aline Alexander Newman, David M. Schwartz, Alexandra Siy,  Peggy Thomas, Marissa Moss, Jan Adkins, and Andrea Warren. Keep coming back as we add more authors and new programs.

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Program Details


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.

Standards Alignment

National Standards

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 Standards

Kerrie will assist teachers in aligning this program to state standards.