Kids in Parks Track Trail Dedication
To celebrate National Kids to Parks Day (May 19th), the Kids in Parks program opened 11 new TRACK Trails in 3 different states, doubling the size of their program in one day. Two trails opened in the Asheville region, 2 trails opened in VA State Parks, and 7 trails opened in South Dakota's State Parks and State Recreation Areas. Grayson Highlands State Park was selected as one of the two Track Trails locations to be opened in Virginia on this special day.
Kids in Parks provides a network of family friendly trails, called TRACK Trails, that connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “un-plugged”, outdoors and reconnected with nature for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK Trail has a series of brochure-led self-guided adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Kids can even earn PRIZES for TRACKing their TRACK Trail adventures in their online nature journal on our website (http://kidsinparks.com/).
The Kids in Parks program is an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation. Their mission is to work with partners throughout the country to promote children’s health and the health of our parks by increasing physical activity and engaging families in outdoor adventures that foster a meaningful connection to the natural and cultural world.
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