(This is my daughter, Catherine, who traveled with us to see the Joshua Trees at the national park.)
Boys and Girls,
In my last blog post, I challenged you to discover the name of the place in the photo I posted. (Click here to read the last blog post). It’s okay if you didn’t get a chance to discover the answer.
I took the photo at the end of June when I traveled through several western states on a journey to the coast of California. The tree in the photo is a Joshua tree.
See if you can find on a map of the United States what the name of the place is. A good reference book to use is an atlas. If you don’t know what an atlas is, ask someone.
Hint: The place in the picture was taken in a national park. Which national park has the right climate for Joshua trees to grow?
Fun Facts about Joshua Trees
- The Joshua Tree isn’t actually a tree – it’s a species of Yucca
- It grows in the Mojave Desert area
- The National Park where you can find Joshua Trees is divided into 2 types of deserts
- The Joshua Tree cannot be found in the Colorado Desert part of the park
Did you know on August 25, 2016, it’s the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service?