Week of June 24, 2001

Conservation in America's National Parks

Summer is a great time to visit a national park, so head to the National Parks Conservation Association Web site at www.npca.org. Brave the mountains, rivers and lakes of Wild Alaska to find out about the top 10 most endangered species in Alaskan national parks. Scuba over to the Marine and Coastal section to explore coral reefs and marine wildlife. The site has great pictures of manatees, humpback whales, sea otters, dolphins and many other sea creatures. Learn about park safety in the Explore the Parks section. You can even take a virtual tour of a national park. Finally, explore the cultural diversity of national parks with the junior rangers conservation education program. This site is sure to give you a breath of fresh air.

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The Mystery of Loch Ness

Swim with the unknown creatures of the deep at Nova's The Beast of Lochness Web site at www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/
. Find out the history of the mystery of the Loch Ness monster. Hear tales of eyewitness accounts from those who have seen "Nessie." Then, experiment with sonar and learn how scientists can "see" the bottom of a lake. Help solve the mysteries of the deep.

The Art of Fireworks

Have an explosively fun time at It's a Blast! at www.nationalgeographic. com/world/0007/fireworks. Witness the process of making fireworks for a big show. See how pyrotechnic experts mix the chemicals in fireworks, package them and then get them ready for a giant spectacle. Finally, watch a sample fireworks display. This is one dynamite site! (This site is no longer available.)

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Speak Out Here!

Dear Amy: Where can I learn to type online? -- Jenny, Camillus, N.Y.

Dear Jenny: A fun and easy way to learn to type is at www.easytype.com. EasyType will take you step-by-step through all of the keys. The site is divided into age groups and also has a typing test for you to take. For kids who know how to type but want to do better, take the test before going through the course. When you finish the course, you can take the test again and compare your scores.(This site is no longer available.)

Dear Amy: Is Bigfoot real? -- Joey, Mason City, Iowa

Dear Joey: There are a lot of people who believe in Bigfoot. If you want to find out more about Bigfoot, the Bigfoot Field Researchers Organization at www.bfro.net will tell you all about the legend of this creature. Find out what a Bigfoot is and if there is any physical evidence that one exists. There may have even been sightings in your area. In the end, youčll have to decide for yourself whether Bigfoot is real.

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