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Explore the outdoors on your own and in great books with this AETN KIDS Club feature! From learning about the author of “The Case of the Missing Mountain” to facts about spiders and more, we have some great ideas to get your adventure started.

MEET ARKANSAS AUTHOR KIM JONES

From hiking and camping to kayaking and animal watching all over the great state of Arkansas, author Kim Jones loves all the different ways she can explore the Natural State outdoors - especially when her husband, Darian, and doggies, Little Bit and Cubby, join in on the fun. 

Kim Jones has had lots of exciting adventures and done all sorts of interesting jobs — like being Girl Scout camp counselor; a teacher in Ashdown, Arkansas; a teacher and guide at Mt. St. Helen’s Seven Wonders Creation Museum in Washington state, a park ranger at Millwood State Park and a park ranger at Lake Catherine State Park. 

Mrs. Jones’ favorite part of being a park ranger was teaching visitors about the alligators at Millwood State Park — especially calling the gators up during tours!

Kim Jones especially enjoys teaching others about the great outdoors and interpreting the mysteries of science and history. Her passion for teaching children about nature through hands-on experiential, fun-filled activities is easy to see in her first book in the Mystery Ranger Series, “Mystery Rangers: The Case of the Missing Mountain.” In it, your mission is to find out how that tricky mountain could have disappeared so that you can earn a Mystery Ranger Badge.

Want to learn more about Kim Jones and her fantastic nature mysteries? Visit her website, thenaturetour.com.


GREAT OUTDOORS BOOKLIST:

Grab your caps and team up with rangers Jack and Jen to solve “The Case of the Missing Mountain.” Complete the puzzles, master the mazes, and secure the secret codes. Solve all eight mysteries to become an official Mystery Mountain Ranger. Your personalized badge and certificate are waiting.

Do you like creepy, crawly things? If so, this book is perfect for you. Full-color photos and illustrations that show you a spider that flings its own poisonous hairs at its enemies, and others that are as large as dinner plates!

A salute to Mother Earth and all her beauty, the "good morning message" bears witness to the Native American reverence for the natural world and sense of unity with all living things – water, grass, fruits, animals, wind, rain, sun, moon, stars, and to the Great Spirit, giver of all.

Two years ago, Sam ran away from New York City to live in the Catskill Mountains. Now, his younger sister Alice has joined him. Their peaceful life is shattered when a conservation officer confiscates Sam’s falcon, Frightful, and Alice suddenly vanishes. Sam leaves to search for Alice, hoping to find Frightful, too. But the trail to the far side of the mountain may lead Sam into great danger.

 

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