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May 25th is... Cookie Monster's Birthday, Babe Ruth Hits 714th Home Run (1935), Grizzly Bear Threatened Species (1975), Jesse Owens Set Three World Records (1935), Geek Pride Day/Nerd Pride Day, National Brown-Bag-It Day, National Missing Children Day (US)/International Missing Children's Day, National Tap Dance Day, African Languages Day, National Wine Day, GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) Day, Towel Day, World Thyroid Day, Africa Freedom Day, St. Aldhelm's Day, St. Bede the Venerable's Day, St. Gregory VII's Day

MORE: Amateur Radio Military Appreciation Day/ARMAD, International Jazz Day, Julia Pierpont Day (West Virginia), International Heritage Breeds Day

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Image: appy Birthday, Cookie Monster (Step into Reading) | Paperback: 32 pages | by Sesame Street (Author). Publisher: Random House Books for Young Readers (May 12, 1986)Cookie Monster's Birthday
-- Even though the Muppets officially like to recognize Cookie Monster’s Birthday as November 2nd, it looks like it is also recognized on May 25th, the birthday of Frank Oz, one of the famous Jim Henson puppeteers.

Read: Happy Birthday, Cookie Monster!, by Sesame Street
-- Cookie Monster plans a party to celebrate his birthday, but before the guests arrive, he can't resist a tiny taste of the cake. It isn't long before the cake disappears. Fortunately, Cookie's friends help him solve his party dilemma in a story that makes learning to read a piece of cake.

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Image: The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth | Paperback: 416 pages | by Leigh Montville (Author). Publisher: Anchor; Reprint edition (May 1, 2007)Babe Ruth Hits 714th Home Run (1935)
-- On May 25, 1935, at Forbes Field in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Babe Ruth hits his 714th home run, a record for career home runs which would stand for almost 40 years. This was one of Ruth's last games and the last home run of his career. Ruth went four for four on the day, hitting three home runs and driving in six runs.

Read: The Big Bam: The Life and Times of Babe Ruth, by Leigh Montville
-- Babe Ruth was more than baseball's original superstar. For eighty-five years, he has remained the sport's reigning titan. He has been named Athlete of the Century . . . more than once. But who was this large, loud, enigmatic man? Why is so little known about his childhood, his private life, and his inner thoughts?

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Babe Ruth Coloring Page
Baseball Printables
Babe Ruth Career Stats
Benny Baseball Paper Craft
How to Make a Baseball Bat Toilet Paper Roll


Image: Face to Face with Grizzlies (Face to Face with Animals) | Paperback: 32 pages | by Joel Sartore (Author). Publisher: National Geographic Children's Books (May 12, 2009)Grizzly Bear Threatened Species (1975)
-- Today, the grizzly mainly occupies high mountain wilderness areas and associated foothills in western and south-central Montana. Grizzlies are known to use low-elevation habitats, notably along the east front of the Rocky Mountains and along the base of the Mission Mountains. Grizzlies in the Cabinet-Yank area are being augmented by Canadian populations. Northern Continental Divide Ecosystem populations are stable and at recovery levels. Yellowstone grizzly populations appear to be increasing or stabilizing.

Read: Face to Face with Grizzlies, by Joel Sartore
-- Joel Sartore has been face-to-face with a grizzly bear—and lived to tell this and other great tales in Face to Face with Grizzlies. Through stunning photography and engaging storytelling, this expert challenges young readers to coexist with this fearsome creature. Along with his vast experience and knowledge, Sartore's contagious passion for the grizzly shines through on every page of this fascinating book.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Bear Coloring Pages
Be Bear Aware Coloring Book
Printable Animal Masks: Bear Mask
Bear Toilet Paper Roll Craft
Papercraft: Bear Mask


Image: Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive | Hardcover: 32 pages | by Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Eric Velasquez (Illustrator). Publisher: Walker Childrens (January 1, 2007)Jesse Owens Set Three World Records (1935)
-- Jesse Owens grew up during the time of Jim Crow laws, but segregation never slowed him down. After setting world records for track in high school and college, he won a slot on the 1936 U.S. Olympic team. That year, the Olympics were in Berlin, then controlled by the Nazis, and Hitler was certain they would be a chance to prove to the world that Aryans were superior to all other races. But the triumph of Jesse's will helped him run through any barrier, winning four gold medals and the hearts of millions, setting two world records, and proving the Nazi dictator unmistakably wrong.

Read: Jesse Owens: Fastest Man Alive, by Carole Boston Weatherford, Eric Velasquez
-- Jesse Owens grew up during an age when segregation laws forced him to eat at separate restaurants and stay at different hotels. But Jesse never let it slow him down while setting world records and winning a spot on the U.S. Olympic team. Once in Berlin, the triumph of Jesse's will helped him run through any barrier, winning not only Olympic gold but countless fans.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Summer Olympics Activities, Worksheets, Printables, and Lessons
Athletics Printables
Olympic Papercrafts
11 Fun Running Games for Kids
Olympics Printables
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Image: Young Boy Using Telegraph, by LOC on Pixabay

May 24th is... First Telegraph Message Transmitted (1844), Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit's Birthday (1686), National Escargot Day, Mary Had a Little Lamb Published (1830), Asparagus Day, Aviation Maintenance Technician Day/AMT Day, Brother's Day, International Tiara Day, Scavenger Hunt Day, Blink 182 Day, International Women's Day for Peace and Disarmament, National Schizophrenia and Psychosis Awareness Day (Canada), European Day of Parks, Anniversary of the Judgement of Paris, National Wyoming Day, Independence Day (Eritrea), Empire Day (Canada), La Fete des Saintes Maries (France), St. Sara's Day

MORE: Don't Fry Day/National Heat Awareness Safety Day, National Death Busters Day, National Wig Out Day, National Title Track Day/National Title Track Appreciation Day, Declaration of The Bab, National Cooler Day, National Polka Day, National Road Trip Day, World Schizophrenia Awareness Day, Carb Day, Memorial Day Weekend, Bermuda Day

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Image: The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers Second Edition, Revised Edition | Paperback: 256 pages | by Tom Standage (Author). Publisher: Bloomsbury USA; Second Edition, Revised edition (February 25, 2014)First Telegraph Message Transmitted (1844)
-- Samuel Morse was the inventor of the telegraph. He built his first apparatus in 1835. The first telegraph message was:
.-- .... .- - .... .- - .... --. --- -.. .-- .-. --- ..- --. ....
- transmitted by Morse from Washington to Baltimore on May 24, 1844 and read What hath God wrought?

Read: The Victorian Internet: The Remarkable Story of the Telegraph and the Nineteenth Century's On-line Pioneers, by Tom Standage
-- Tells the colorful story of the telegraph's creation and remarkable impact, and of the visionaries, oddballs, and eccentrics who pioneered it, from the eighteenth-century French scientist Jean-Antoine Nollet to Samuel F. B. Morse and Thomas Edison. The electric telegraph nullified distance and shrank the world quicker and further than ever before or since, and its story mirrors and predicts that of the Internet in numerous ways.

Image: The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States | Paperback: 192 pages | by Lewis Coe (Author). Publisher: McFarland and Company (November 26, 2003)The Telegraph: A History of Morse's Invention and Its Predecessors in the United States -- Samuel F.B. Morse's invention of the telegraph marked a new era in communication. For the first time, people were able to communicate quickly from great distances. The genesis of Morse's invention is covered in detail, starting in 1832, along with the establishment of the first transcontinental telegraph line in the United States and the dramatic effect the device had on the Civil War. The Morse telegraph that served the world for over 100 years is explained in clear terms. Also examined are recent advances in telegraph technology and its continued impact on communication.


Image: Telegraph Straight Key with Wood Base | features a Morse Code straight key on a non-skid, beautifully stained wood baseTelegraph Straight Key with Wood Base -- Features a Morse Code straight key on a non-skid, beautifully stained wood base. It has a steel base under the bottom so it stays put on the table and doesn't move around while you are sending! Lets you send code at home, work, riding in your car -- practically anywhere -- because it's so easy to take it wherever you go!

Samuel Morse Coloring and Activity Books


Image: Samuel Morse and the Telegraph | Audible Audiobook – Abridged | by David Seidman (Author), Inc. Capstone Publishers (Publisher)
Samuel Morse and the Telegraph
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Image: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Their Temperature Scales (Eureka!) | Library Binding: 24 pages | by Yoming S Lin (Author). Publisher: Powerkids Pr; 1 edition (August 15, 2011)Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit's Birthday (1686)
-- Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit (born May 24, 1686 – died September 16, 1736) was a physicist, engineer, and glass blower best known for inventing the alcohol thermometer (1709) and the mercury thermometer (1714), and for developing a temperature scale named after him.

Read: Fahrenheit, Celsius, and Their Temperature Scales, by Yoming S. Lin
-- Describes the scientists behind the two most commonly used temperature scales, and explains how their scientific research and innovations are still used today. Though people have surely commented on hot and cold weather for thousands of years, our most commonly used temperature scales both date from the eighteenth century. Daniel Gabriel Fahrenheit, who also played a key role in the development of the modern thermometer, invented the Fahrenheit scale.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Gabriel Daniel Fahrenheit Coloring Page
Printable Celsius and Fahrenheit Conversion Chart
Temperature Worksheets, Lessons, and Printables
How to Make a Thermometer for Kids


Image: Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books) | Paperback: 31 pages | by Judy Allen (Author), Tudor Humphries (Illustrator). Publisher: Kingfisher; Reprint edition (May 16, 2003)National Escargot Day
-- Escargot is a tasty appetizer made with land snails cooked in butter or wine. While the dish most likely originated in Ancient Roman times, escargot is usually associated with French cuisine. In fact, the French consume around 40,000 metric tons of snails each year!

Read: Are You a Snail? (Backyard Books), by Judy Allen, Tudor Humphries
-- A young snail faces many challenges as it tries to grow safely into an adult. All the facts a young child needs to understand the life of this intriguing backyard creature are packed into this engaging narrative.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Snail Coloring Pages
Heart Snail Paper Craft
Snails Colouring Pages
Snail Theme - Preschool Activities and Crafts
Gary the Snail Papercraft


Image: Mary Had a Little Lamb | Board book: 28 pages | by Sarah Josepha Hale (Author), Tomie dePaola (Illustrator). Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers (January 26, 2004)Mary Had a Little Lamb Published (1830)
-- The nursery rhyme was first published (as opposed to written) by the Boston publishing firm Marsh, Capen and Lyon, as an original poem by Sarah Josepha Hale on May 24, 1830, and was inspired by an actual incident. As a girl, Mary Sawyer kept a pet lamb, which she took to school one day at the suggestion of her brother. A commotion naturally ensued.

Read: Mary Had a Little Lamb, by Sarah Josepha Hale, Tomie dePaola
-- Since this nursery rhyme first appeared in 1830, children have loved it. Tomie DePaola uses his signature folk art style and sets the poem in a traditional 19th century New England setting. The result is an endearing interpretation of the little lamb who followed Mary to school and how the teacher handled it.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
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Mary Had A Little Lamb - Preschool Lesson Plan Printable Activities
DLTK Lamb crafts
DLTK Schoolhouse Paper Craft
Image: Turtles on a Log, by Ralph/Capri23auto on Pixabay

May 23rd is... World Turtle Day®, National Taffy Day (1882), Lucky Penny Day, Bifocals Invented (1784), Declaration of the Bab Day, International Day to End Obstetric Fistula, World Crohn's and Colitis Day, Mesmerism Day, Harvesting Healing Day, National Fill Your Thermos Brand Bottle Day, Stormy Daniels Day, National Day (Morocco), Linnaeus Day (Sweden)

MORE: Lag B'omer, Eat More Fruits and Vegetables Day, EMSC (Emergency Medical Services) Day, World Orienteering Day, Chardonnay Day, KIDS OCEAN DAY (California), Red Nose Day (US), Outdoor Classroom Day (UK)

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Image: Fun Facts About Turtles! (I Like Reptiles and Amphibians!) | Paperback: 24 pages | by Carmen Bredeson (Author). Publisher: Enslow Publishers (March 1, 2009)World Turtle Day®
-- The purpose of World Turtle Day®, sponsored yearly since 2000 by American Tortoise Rescue, is to bring attention to, and increase knowledge of and respect for, turtles and tortoises, and encourage human action to help them survive and thrive. World Turtle Day® is celebrated worldwide in a variety of ways, from dressing up as turtles or wearing green summer dresses, to saving turtles caught on highways, to research activities.

Read: Fun Facts About Turtles!, by Carmen Bredeson
-- What is a turtle's shell made of? How long do turtles live? Accompanied by pictures of turtles in their environment, author Carmen Bredeson answers these and other questions.

Image: Bememo 16 Pieces Realistic Sea Turtle Lifelike Tortoises Ocean Animal Plastic Small Turtle Figurines for Party Favor DecorationRealistic Sea Turtle/Lifelike Tortoises -- Realistic turtles come with different styles, intricate artwork on the shells ensure the turtle decoration is realistic and eye-catching. Good gift for children, can be applied to party favors, art decoration, educational toy and so on, can also be served as cake toppers and make a sea turtles animal-themed cake.


Image: Vintoys Soft Plush Sea Turtle Stuffed Animals Plush 10 inches | Soft and adorable, perfect size for playingPlush Sea Turtle -- This lovely Sea Turtle is very cute. Soft and adorable, perfect size for playing. Suitable for children from 3 years old. About 10 inch length, 4 inch height.

Turtles Coloring and Activity Books


Image: Sea Turtles: Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts on Animals in Nature (Our Amazing World Series Book 4) | Kindle Edition | by Kay de Silva (Author). Publication Date: December 6, 2013
Sea Turtles: Amazing Pictures and Fun Facts
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Image: Atlantic City Then and Now (Then and Now Thunder Bay) | Hardcover: 144 pages | by Edward Arthur Mauger (Author) Publisher: Thunder Bay Press (October 1, 2008)National Taffy Day (1882)
-- The origins of taffy is often debated, but this chewy candy has been part of American life since the late 1800s. Salt water taffy was created in Atlantic City in 1883 by a shopkeeper on the boardwalk named David Bradley. In 1883, a storm surge flooded Bradley's store and covered his candy inventory in seawater, the day after the storm he was cleaning up when a girl entered the store and asked for a bag of taffy. With sarcasm, he told the girl to help herself to his salt water taffy, and the name stuck.

Read: Atlantic City Then and Now, by Edward Arthur Mauger
-- Welcome to Atlantic City, New Jersey, the birthplace of many pop culture phenomena, including Monopoly, the Miss America Pageant, salt-water taffy and The Donald (Trump, that is). Discover the extraordinary history of this glamorous resort town. Fascinating then-and-now photographs highlight Atlantic City's evolution - from its early days as a get-away for Philadelphians, through its decline in the mid-20th century, to its 21st-century incarnation as a gambling and entertainment mecca.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Saltwater Taffy Recipe
Salt Water Taffy Centerpiece
Beach Colouring Pages | SuperColoring
Top 20 Interesting Beach Coloring Pages


Image: Deena's Lucky Penny: Money (Math Matters ®) | Paperback: 32 pages | by Barbara deRubertis (Author), Cynthia Fisher (Illustrator), Joan Holub (Illustrator). Publisher: Kane Press (August 1, 2006)Lucky Penny Day
-- Make it a point to look on the ground everywhere you go today and see if you can find a lucky penny. Finding a penny is sometimes considered lucky and gives rise to the saying, Find a penny, pick it up, and all the day: you'll have good luck.

Read: Deena's Lucky Penny, by Barbara Derubertis, Cynthia Fisher
-- Deena's mom's birthday is coming and Deena has no money to buy a present for her. She finds a lucky penny and through the help of neighbors and family, she trades up until her penny gradually becomes a dollar. Now Deena can afford a gift for mom.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Math and Money Worksheets
Teaching Money Counting Skills
Money Colouring Pages
Coin Worksheets


Image: Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin | Paperback: 40 pages | by Gene Barretta (Author, Illustrator). Publisher: Square Fish; First edition (December 23, 2008)Bifocals Invented (1784)
-- Benjamin Franklin is widely credited as the inventor of bifocals. According to the Antique Spectacles and Other Visual Aids museum, curated by Dr. David A. Fleishman, an archived political cartoon dated 1764 and held by The Library Company of Philadelphia, which was co-founded by Franklin, shows Franklin wearing an unusual pair of eyeglasses resembling bifocals.

Read: Now and Ben: The Modern Inventions of Benjamin Franklin, by Gene Barretta
-- What would you do if you lived in a community without a library, hospital, post office, or fire department? If you were Benjamin Franklin, you would set up these organizations yourself. Franklin also designed the lightning rod, suggested the idea of daylight saving time, invented bifocals and the odometer — all inspired by his common sense and intelligence. Franklin wrote, in August 1784 to his friend George Whatley, he was happy in the invention of double spectacles, which serving for distant objects as well as near ones, make my eyes as useful to me as ever they were.

Free Printables, Activities, Colouring Pages and Crafts:
Benjamin Franklin Printables
Funny Glasses | crayola.ca
Fun Glasses Craft
Spectacles Holder Craft
Image: Oregon Trail Covered Wagons, by Artodidact on Pixabay

May 22nd is... A Thousand Pioneers Head West (1843), Wright Brothers Patented the Aircraft (1906), Buy-A-Musical-Instrument Day, Crater Lake National Park Established (1902), Bitcoin Pizza Day, Canadian Immigrants Day, Harvey Milk Day, National Craft Distillery Day, International Day for Biological Diversity, National Maritime Day, National Solitaire Day, National Vanilla Pudding Day, Sherlock Holmes Day, World Goth Day, US Colored Troops Day, World Paloma Day, Iced Coffee Day, National Gout Awareness Day, Growing Flavor in the Garden Day, Ewokalypse, National Day (Yemen), National Heroes Day (Sri Lanka), St. Julia's Day

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Image: Roughing It on the Oregon Trail (The Time-Traveling Twins) | Paperback: 48 pages | by Diane Stanley (Author), Holly Berry (Illustrator). Publisher: HarperCollins; Reprint edition (July 24, 2001)A Thousand Pioneers Head West (1843)
-- On May 22, 1843, some 1,000 men, women, and children climbed aboard their wagons and steered their horses west out of the small town of Elm Grove, Missouri. The train comprised more than 100 wagons with a herd of 5,000 oxen and cattle trailing behind. Dr. Elijah White, a Presbyterian missionary who had made the trip the year before, served as a guide.

Read: Roughing It on the Oregon Trail, by Diane Stanley, Holly Berry
-- What if you could close your eyes and open them to find you were amongst hundreds of pioneers in 1843, packing up your covered wagon to travel the 2,000 miles of the Oregon Trail? In their first journey, the twins spend eight months crossing the country on foot and by covered wagon, braving the mountain ranges and river valleys, battling floods and droughts, and cooking slam-johns and sowbellies over buffalo chips.

Image: Watch Westward Ho The Wagons! | The Stephen wagon train journeys to the Northwest Territory via the Oregon Trail in 1844
Westward Ho The Wagons! -- The Stephen wagon train journeys to the Northwest Territory via the Oregon Trail in 1844. The pioneers deal with the elements and occasional raids, but after hostile Pawnees drive off their spare horses, they realize they may not make it to the Oregon Territory. While stopping at Fort Laramie, the pioneer children make friends with Sioux children. After the Sioux chief's son is injured in an accident, Doc Grayson helps heal him, earning the trust of the Sioux. As the story ends, the Sioux warriors escort the wagon train safely through Pawnee territory.

Image: The Learning Company - Oregon Trail 5th Edition | by The Learning Company | Platform : Mac, Windows, Windows 98, Windows Me, Windows 95The Learning Company - Oregon Trail -- Explore the West, live the adventure, and survive the trail! Kids will build real-life decision-making and problem-solving skills as they choose their wagon party and supplies, read maps, plan their route, and guide their team through the wilderness. Can they survive the dangers of the long journey, raging rivers, buffalo stampedes, sickness, and starvation? The trail explodes with adventure as you face the rugged challenges and experience real-life events.

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Image: The Oregon Trail (You Choose: History) | Kindle Edition | by Matt Doeden (Author). Publisher: Capstone Press (August 1, 2013)
The Oregon Trail
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Image: First Flight: The Wright Brothers (DK Readers, Level 4) | Paperback: 48 pages | by Leslie Garrett (Author). Publisher: DK Children (July 21, 2003)
Wright Brothers Patented the Aircraft (1906)
-- On May 22, 1906, the Wrights received a patent for their method of flight control and fiercely defended it in the years afterward, suing foreign and domestic aviators and companies, especially Glenn Curtiss, in an attempt to collect licensing fees. The legal threat suppressed the development of the U.S. aviation industry.

Read: First Flight: The Wright Brothers, by Leslie Garrett
-- Follow the amazing story of brothers Wilbur and Orville Wright as they plan and build a flying machine! Stunning photographs combine with lively illustrations and engaging, age-appropriate stories in DK Readers, a multilevel reading program guaranteed to capture children's interest while developing their reading skills and general knowledge.

Free Printables, Colouring Pages, Activities and Crafts:
The Wright Brothers Printables
25 Airplane Projects Kids Love
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Image: Musical Instruments Coloring Book (Dover Design Coloring Books) | Paperback: 48 pages | by Ellen J. McHenry (Author). Publisher: Dover Publications; Clr Csm edition (October 19, 1995)Buy-A-Musical Instrument Day
-- If you are a musician in need of a new instrument, today could be a very good day indeed! If you have been considering taking up a musical instrument, today can be your starting point. And, the good news is you are never too old to begin playing a musical instrument.

Read: Musical Instruments Coloring Book, by Ellen J. McHenry
-- In this instructive and entertaining coloring book, you will find 44 lifelike vignettes of students playing, including a double-page illustration of a full school orchestra performing in concert. Here are boys and girls playing the piccolo, bassoon, bugle, sousaphone, snare drum, xylophone, maracas, violin, string bass, and electric guitar — and even the banjo and bagpipes. These, plus 32 more popular musical instruments, grouped according to instrument type, are ready for crayons, watercolors, or magic markers.

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Image: Crater Lake: The Story Behind the Scenery (Discover America: National Parks) (Discover America: National Parks: The Story Behind the Scenery) | Paperback: 48 pages | by Ronald G. Warfield (Author), Lee Juillerat (Author), Larry Smith (Author), Peter C. Howorth (Editor), K. C. DenDooven (Designer). Publisher: KC Publications, Inc. (August 3, 1982)Crater Lake National Park Established (1902)
-- Crater Lake National Park is the fifth oldest national park in the United States and the only one in the state of Oregon. The park encompasses the caldera of Crater Lake, a remnant of a destroyed volcano, Mount Mazama, and the surrounding hills and forests. Crater Lake National Park was established May 22, 1902, by President Theodore Roosevelt.

Read: Crater Lake: The Story Behind the Scenery, by Ronald G. Warfield, Lee Juillerat, Larry Smith
-- Crater Lake National Park, located in south-central Oregon, was established in 1902 to preserve this deep blue lake encircled by multicolored lava walls. The ultimate blue lake draws travelers who enjoy incomparable views--remnants of Mount Mazama, the forest mosaic, colorful wildflowers, and a diversity of wildlife.

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