Michigan Department of Natural Resources Kicks Off The 'Kids-in-the-Park' Program

Fourth grade classes across Michigan planning field trips

to state parks get free admission



Apr 19, 2001, 01:00 ET from Michigan Department of Natural Resources

    LANSING, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's fourth-grade teachers
 will soon have the opportunity to bring their students on an innovative and
 educational field trip to any Michigan State Park, with help from the
 Department of Natural Resources' Kids-in-the-Park Program.  The program, which
 officially starts April 19, is part of the DNR's Michigan L.A.P.'s Curriculum,
 designed to teach Michigan youth the importance of our states' natural
 resources.
     The Kids-in-the-Park program includes free entry in to the park and a free
 packet of specially designed materials for the fourth-grade level, but can be
 used by any school group when planning a field trip to any Michigan State
 Park.  Each packet contains 16 pre- and post-activity worksheets in a Kids-in-
 the-Park folder for the teacher and a student journal filled with 16 learning
 activities to be completed by the student during the visit.
     The Kids-in-the-Park Program is part of the DNR's Michigan L.A.P.'s
 Curriculum, which stands for LEARN from the past, APPRECIATE the present and
 PRESERVE our outdoor heritage.  The activities cover learning opportunities
 that expand and reinforce the classroom lessons included in the DNR's
 supplemental fourth-grade L.A.P.'s curriculum that promotes fun, appreciation
 and knowledge of Michigan's great outdoor heritage.
     "Through Kids in the Park, we have a significant opportunity to bring the
 Michigan L.A.P.'s Curriculum to life for thousands of Michigan youngsters,"
 said DNR Director K. L. Cool.  "It also connects kids to their community.
 They get to see how the state of Michigan protects the environment and
 provides safe places for them and their families to go for fun and leisure."
     When teachers call the DNR's Kids-in-the-Park toll-free telephone number
 to reserve a field trip to one of Michigan's great state parks, their packet
 of materials will include pre-visit, on-site and post-visit education lessons
 that can be accomplished within the context of a state park visit.  A
 teacher's guide and answer key is included with each set of materials.
     Created by teachers for teachers, the Michigan L.A.P.'s program is
 designed to align with what 4th graders are already learning, including
 Michigan history, science, social studies, math and language arts.  The
 L.A.P.'s program offers free, ready-to-use materials to 4th grade teachers
 that integrate natural resource messages into daily lesson plans for each
 subject area, and includes skills that will help students be more successful
 on the state's MEAP test.
     Knowing that students learn best from an integrated curriculum and real-
 world connections, the program incorporates the use of ten state parks as its
 focus.  Each park teaches a specific topic related to Michigan history and
 Besides Michigan history, the L.A.P.'s materials can be used to teach language
 arts, math, science, art and music, and include skills that will help students
 be more successful on the state's MEAP test.
     Each lesson plan is narrated by colorful and animated cartoon characters,
 including DNR Conservation Officer Forrest Trails, DNR Biologist Sandy Dunes,
 and kids Greta and Grady Lakes, along with fun-loving Abigail and Antonio Ant.
 The characters help kids navigate to a greater understanding of, and
 appreciation for the Michigan outdoors.
     To make reservations for your Kids-in-the-Park field trip, call the DNR
 Parks and Recreation Bureau at 866-629-KIDS.  For more information on the
 Michigan L.A.P.'s program, visit the DNR's website at www.michigandnr.com
 
 

SOURCE Michigan Department of Natural Resources
    LANSING, Mich., April 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Michigan's fourth-grade teachers
 will soon have the opportunity to bring their students on an innovative and
 educational field trip to any Michigan State Park, with help from the
 Department of Natural Resources' Kids-in-the-Park Program.  The program, which
 officially starts April 19, is part of the DNR's Michigan L.A.P.'s Curriculum,
 designed to teach Michigan youth the importance of our states' natural
 resources.
     The Kids-in-the-Park program includes free entry in to the park and a free
 packet of specially designed materials for the fourth-grade level, but can be
 used by any school group when planning a field trip to any Michigan State
 Park.  Each packet contains 16 pre- and post-activity worksheets in a Kids-in-
 the-Park folder for the teacher and a student journal filled with 16 learning
 activities to be completed by the student during the visit.
     The Kids-in-the-Park Program is part of the DNR's Michigan L.A.P.'s
 Curriculum, which stands for LEARN from the past, APPRECIATE the present and
 PRESERVE our outdoor heritage.  The activities cover learning opportunities
 that expand and reinforce the classroom lessons included in the DNR's
 supplemental fourth-grade L.A.P.'s curriculum that promotes fun, appreciation
 and knowledge of Michigan's great outdoor heritage.
     "Through Kids in the Park, we have a significant opportunity to bring the
 Michigan L.A.P.'s Curriculum to life for thousands of Michigan youngsters,"
 said DNR Director K. L. Cool.  "It also connects kids to their community.
 They get to see how the state of Michigan protects the environment and
 provides safe places for them and their families to go for fun and leisure."
     When teachers call the DNR's Kids-in-the-Park toll-free telephone number
 to reserve a field trip to one of Michigan's great state parks, their packet
 of materials will include pre-visit, on-site and post-visit education lessons
 that can be accomplished within the context of a state park visit.  A
 teacher's guide and answer key is included with each set of materials.
     Created by teachers for teachers, the Michigan L.A.P.'s program is
 designed to align with what 4th graders are already learning, including
 Michigan history, science, social studies, math and language arts.  The
 L.A.P.'s program offers free, ready-to-use materials to 4th grade teachers
 that integrate natural resource messages into daily lesson plans for each
 subject area, and includes skills that will help students be more successful
 on the state's MEAP test.
     Knowing that students learn best from an integrated curriculum and real-
 world connections, the program incorporates the use of ten state parks as its
 focus.  Each park teaches a specific topic related to Michigan history and
 Besides Michigan history, the L.A.P.'s materials can be used to teach language
 arts, math, science, art and music, and include skills that will help students
 be more successful on the state's MEAP test.
     Each lesson plan is narrated by colorful and animated cartoon characters,
 including DNR Conservation Officer Forrest Trails, DNR Biologist Sandy Dunes,
 and kids Greta and Grady Lakes, along with fun-loving Abigail and Antonio Ant.
 The characters help kids navigate to a greater understanding of, and
 appreciation for the Michigan outdoors.
     To make reservations for your Kids-in-the-Park field trip, call the DNR
 Parks and Recreation Bureau at 866-629-KIDS.  For more information on the
 Michigan L.A.P.'s program, visit the DNR's website at www.michigandnr.com
 
 SOURCE  Michigan Department of Natural Resources