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10-year-old visiting all national monuments to create awareness

Kids Speak for Parks, Sept. 20th 2017, (KTVL/Megan Allison)

It all started when he watched the Lorax. Ten-year-old Robbie Bond watched Dr. Seuss' story of forests being cut down.

From that moment on, the fifth grader decided he was going to protect national monuments.

This is not an opinion shared by everyone, which is why Robbie and his father are traveling to all 27 of them. They're using Kids Speak for Parks to document their experiences.

"Then all the people who are my friends on Facebook might think 'hey that's really good, that shouldn't get destroyed or shrunk.' So hopefully they can persuade President Trump not to get rid of the national monuments," Robbie Bond said.

Robbie's father said he's just along for the ride.

"Just being able to have a son that is at this age capable of grasping the scope of which we stand to lose and appreciate it despite having any experience," Robin Bond said.

The fifth grader said he hopes this childlike wonder will inspire others to fight for preservation.

"Every adult was a kid once and I think they can relate to being a kid and liking nature and being able to play outside and things. And I just think kids are a lot more excited about things because they haven't seen a lot of things before," Robbie said.

Robbie and his father are raising money to eventually create an education program on national monuments, using virtual reality to bring parks to the classroom.


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