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Sesame Street Explores National Parks

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Sesame Street Explores National Parks is "a multimedia parks experience for children aged 3-5 to promote science learning through experiences in national parks, local parks and backyards," launched in 2013. Elmo (performed by Ryan Dillon) and Murray Monster star.

The goal of this project is to leverage the unique power of the Sesame Street Muppets to model scientific inquiry skills within the context of the national parks to enhance young children's attitudes and knowledge about science and nature. The materials, designed for parents, educators and caregivers, provide activities for them to engage in with their young children as they explore nature together.[1]
Dr. Rosemarie Truglio, Senior Vice President of Education and Research at Sesame Workshop

Footage of Grand Canyon National Park and Gateway National Recreation Area is mixed into the segments, with one of two park rangers:

  • Amala Posey, distance learning coordinator of the National Park Service's (NPS) Environmental Education Branch[2]
  • Park Ranger Shalini Gopie, Jamaica Bay Wildlife Refuge, part of Gateway National Recreation Area[3]



  1. Sesame Workshop: Press Release
  2. "Grand Canyon NPS goes the 'distance' with new learning studio". Grand Canyon News. January 29, 2013
  3. "Experience Jamaica Bay at sunset and after dark". Queens Chronicle. April 18, 2013.

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