WHAT IS KIDS IN PARKS?

 

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. Furthermore, kids earn PRIZES for TRACKing their TRACK Trail adventures in their online nature journal on our website.

 

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. Our 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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Kids in Parks began through a need to fight two of the ailments facing our youth today: Childhood Obesity and Nature Deficit Disorder. According to a study done by the Kaiser Group, kids spend nearly 8 hours per day interacting with electronic media (television, computers, cell phones, video games and more); and, at the Blue Ridge Parkway – the most visited unit of the National Park Service – only 8% of visitors bring children. At these rates, where will the next generation of healthy stewards come from?

…Through the Kids in Parks TRACK Trails program – that’s where!

Begin a lifetime of adventure and start TRACKing your TRACK Trail adventures in your online nature journal today.

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