The “Weird But True!” team is back teaching kids some incredible facts about national parks. The episode starts with Carly and Charlie debating about where to hold a jamboree. Charlie’s fears about the backyard being messed up leads to the discussion about national parks. During the episode, the pair show viewers national parks internationally before going on a trip to Yellowstone National Park in Wyoming to learn more about its history and its park rangers.
I took the time to watch this episode with my son, because I really couldn’t sit through it on my own. This is intended for National Geographic Kids, so I thought it would be good for him to learn about national parks. I love that this type of show exists for kids to learn these weird, but true facts about some of the wonders of our planet, history and/or country. The downside is I’ve been watching several of the National Geographic documentaries meant for adults, so it was a little harder for me to get into this episode.
Despite clearly not being the intended demographic, I did enjoy some of the facts that were taught in this episode. It was really cool to learn about national parks in other countries. I also really enjoyed learning how President Theodore Roosevelt was instrumental in the early stages of declaring national parks in the United States before President Woodrow Wilson wound up creating the National Park Registry in the 1910s. Plus, it was really cool learning about the creation of Yellowstone National Park and seeing some of its beauty as the hosts visited the park.
I would’ve liked to learn more about the different types of national parks in the United States and in other countries. While many are similar to Yellowstone and Yosemite, others look quite differently than those two. I would’ve loved it if they could’ve visited several different types of national parks to show the viewers the differences in them. Maybe they’ll do a second episode of national parks that include more cool facts for kids to learn. I probably won’t sit down and watch this show on my own, but I’ll keep watching it with my son. It’s a great educational show for a family to watch together.