ONLY IN AMERICA
DISCOVERING AMERICA’S 58
THE BEVERLEY’S EDUCATIONAL JOURNEY TO
AMERICA’S 58 NATIONAL PARKS
Discovering America’s 58 is a diverse learning institution where we are not bound by walls. Our school room is our country. Along with the fundamentals of reading, writing, and arithmetic, our kids expand their minds with nature, their environment and all that encompasses these United States.
Discovering America’s 58 is dedicated to educating the American public about the beauty, majesty, and splendor that our country and our national parks have to offer. We will travel the country, providing public forums that will allow schools, churches and other organizations time with us in order to positively impact and influence “their” environment. Our goals are to engage and empower people toward conservation, ecology, and positively changing their life habits. We will educate our audience with pamphlets, videos and our journey stories, providing them with a wealth of information. In order to accomplish all of this, we will partner with organizations who are like-minded and who are dedicated to preserving our natural resources and promoting healthy life-style habits.
America has created a generation of nature and nurture deficient children and adults alike. We would like to alter this trend, offering individuals more than what they are currently getting from playing video games, watching television, surfing the internet or sitting on their couches. Additionally, most of these activities sadly thrive without human interaction or relationship.
We are vested in changing this trend. If people will go outside, move and breath fresh air, interacting with their environment of nature and people they will fundamentally and drastically improve their biological footprint of physical, mental, emotional, and social health.
Our Adventure began in the fall of 2010 at Isle Royale National Park in Michigan and will end in the American Samoa National Park or one of the two National Parks in Hawaii…Haleakala or Hawaii Volcanoes
The idea of being away from our home for approximately a year creates numerous thoughts on what has to be completed.
It has been an arduous task attempting to put together a journey of this magnitude. The idea of us selling our house to help fund the event, getting a RV in order to secure travel during the majority of the trip, communicating with 58 national parks in various places in the United States including 12 remote locations (Isle Royale, Dry Tortugas, American Samoa, Channel Islands, Virgin Islands, 2 parks in Hawaii, 5 parks in Alaska) is astounding.
Where did the idea of traveling across America, visiting all 58 national parks, come from?
The idea of this National Park adventure stemmed from a 2001 family vacation to the Grand Canyon when I realized that the purchase of a National Park annual pass would enable us to visit each and every National Park over the next 12 month period, at no additional charge. I thought this would be a great idea since Big Bend NP is in our home state and surely, in a year’s time we would be able to see it. Guess what, we never made it to Big Bend within that year. Nonetheless, I continued to think of ways we might be able to see numerous national parks in a years time. As the wheels began to turn so did my idea – why not see all 58 National Parks with the purchase of one annual pass? Why not take out 365 days to invest in the lives of our children and our family? Why not home school our children in the most amazing (outdoor) classrooms imaginable? Why not find a way to secure an RV to travel all over this country? Why not have the adventure of a life time, discovering the hidden treasures this country has embedded throughout? Approximately 10 years later we are on our journey. We hope not only to change the lives of our three young children but the lives of families across America. We hope to inspire people to spend time, together, exploring this magnificent backdrop that is all around us.