Sesame Workshop Project Urges Kids to Visit Parks
“Sesame Street” wants kids to take a break from parking it indoors, and head out to a park instead.
A new project has recruited Muppet monsters Elmo and Murray to visit national parks in six short videos that encourage children ages 3-5 to experience the great outdoors, wherever it might be, and to apply scientific skills of inquiry to learn about these natural settings.
The product of a partnership between Sesame Workshop, the U.S. National Park Service and its philanthropic offshoot, the National Park Foundation, “Sesame Street Explores National Parks” aims to promote science learning by kids through their experiences in national parks as well as local parks and their own backyards.
“This is very child-focused, stimulating children’s natural curiosity and bringing that exploration to the natural environment,” said Rosemarie T. Truglio, Sesame Workshop’s senior vice president of education and research.
Beginning Tuesday, the videos can be streamed on partner organizations’ websites and social media channels, and will be made available to all national parks for use in their visitor centers, along with related materials for parents, caregivers and educators that propose activities to share with children.