Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Every Trail, The Grand Canyon, and National Parks

I first looked at Every Trail last winter as it caught my attention as a resource for exploring hiking trails. Then last night I saw it mentioned as a layer for Google Earth. I thought that was cool, but I still wasn't going to write about it until Larry Ferlazzo wrote a blog post about a Grand Canyon Interactive map. Every Trail features user generated content of pictures and text from hiking trips posted on a Google Map. After reading Larry's post I jumped on Every Trail and looked for Grand Canyon content. Sure enough, Every Trail has some great user generated content about the Grand Canyon. Every Trail's Grand Canyon content is a good complement to National Geographic's Grand Canyon Interactive Map.

If your students find exploring the Grand Canyon enjoyable, consider having them explore National Geographic's Insider's Guide to the Great Parks. Inside the Insider's Guide, students will find more interactive maps, pictures, and short quizzes about the national parks of the United States.