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4 Fun Tips for Teachers and Parents from YOGI BEAR'S JELLYSTONE PARK™

For many families across Southern Louisiana, August is Back-to-School month. During this exciting time of returning to the classroom and scholastic routines; teachers and homeschoolers alike may be considering where and how to plan an educational camping trip this school year. Planning a visit to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is an excellent way to encourage new and exciting learning. Hands-on activities and engagement in the Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park setting can be inspiring and motivating for kids of all ages. There are so many exciting and ways to strengthen reading skills with a trip to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. Our buddy Yogi Bear loves reading and writing, and enjoying a trip to the great outdoors is a cinch with these four tips for teachers and parents:

  • Deepening the understanding of novel and good writing: Many teachers incorporate novel studies into their language arts lessons or classes. Choose a book that involves camping or time spent in nature, like Jean Craighead George’s My Side of the Mountain. Once the students have begun the story, engage them in a walk through Jellystone Park! Allowing students to share healthy outdoor experiences with teachers and classmates is a great way to connect with the book and get young people into the plot. This makes reading even more fun.
  • Practicing the writing of poetry: It’s no secret that the children and teens love to be surrounded by nature. Poets from many cultures, spanning many centuries, have been inspired with the beauty and peace of nature and the outdoors. Discuss famous poems about nature like A.A. Milne’s Wind on a Hill or The Eagle by Lord Alfred Tennyson. Then, allow students time at the campgrounds to get inspired by the beautiful landscape of our lakes, trees, and wildlife. Poetry comes alive through the hands and minds of children.
  • Inspiring creative writing: Time spent outdoors ignites everyone’s imagination, and the experiences can be great inspiration for young creative writers. Before heading to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park for a camping experience, discuss story structure, plot and graphics. While on the visit, students can work independently or in groups to come up with stories to share with the class or take home to family members and friends.  
  • Exploring non-fiction: Incorporate non-fiction reading and writing into the class trip to Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park. After the visit to the beauty and wonders of the open air, students can research an aspect of the park experience that appeals to them. Students might then visit the local library and check out a non-fiction book related to parks and camping experiences.

A visit and camping experience at Yogi Bear’s Jellystone Park is a great way to help students of every age become better readers and writers in a new and exciting way. The learning doesn’t just end with language arts.  There are also excellent opportunities to reinforce lessons from many different subjects. Health education teachers can reinforce the importance of exercise as students explore the campgrounds. Science teachers can discuss ecosystems, plant life, weather, and animals. Math teachers may form lessons around making calculations like the circumference of our lakes and trees. There are learning opportunities for every subject! We hope educators in the NOLA region will engage their students in our campgrounds to engage students in learning. Share your experiences on our Facebook page! Join us for our awesome camping weekends as we head to September and the good times to come:

  • AUGUST 19 - 21: Wet-n-Wild Super Soaker Weekend. (BRING YOUR OWN MUSIC)
  • AUGUST 26 - 28: Back to School, but the Fun’s Not Over! 40% OFF SITES & CABINS. (D.J. SATURDAY NIGHT)
  • SEPTEMBER 9 - 11: Yogi Bear™ Horseshoe Invitational. (RUFF-N-READY BAND SATURDAY NIGHT)

To book a camping experience, call 1-800-349-YOGI.

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