National Public Lands Day is on September 24th and we're really excited about it. Not only are public lands the reason programs like Kids in Parks can exist, but they are the public connection to the natural world. They are places we can go to see plants, animals, rocks, and history that we might not otherwise get to see. We can visit high peaks or deep canyons and everything in between. It's easy to take these places for granted.
The program’s original goal was to get kids and families to use the hiking trails along the Blue Ridge Parkway as resources for their health. However, the program’s staff realized that kids and families who are inexperienced in outdoor recreation may not choose a national park as their first step into nature because, after all, “that’s where the bears are at!” As a result, the program created “gateway trails” in local parks, state parks and other public land locations that are closer to home. To rapidly expand the network, Kids in Parks partnered with the North Carolina Recreation and Park Association to provide grants to install TRACK Trails in local parks throughout North Carolina.
On Sunday, April 24, a healthy crowd of kids and families gathered at the Blue Ridge Parkway’s Asheville Visitor Center TRACK Trail to celebrate National Park Rx Day. The event was held in celebration of National Park Week and as the kick-off of the Kids in Parks program’s TRACK Rx materials.
We have received so many registrations this summer that we have not been able to keep some of our prizes in stock. We’ll get them in the mail ASAP... and, we’ll be sure to stick a couple extra goodies in your bags when we do send them out!
Join PLUM LANDING in Taking the Challenge to teach children about conserving water in their own homes.
Today, Dr. Huff was honored with the Summit Award by the Association of Fundraising Professionals for his life-long efforts in fundraising for programs that increase the quality of life for our communities.
Due to the increased costs of disc golf discs, and the shipping costs associated with mailing discs, we have decided to change our prize structure for the disc golf portion of the TRACK Trails program.
Kids in Parks and REI (Recreational Equipment Inc) have partnered together to create a TRACK Pack Check Out Program! Visit the REI store in Asheville to borrow a free TRACK Pack which has a bunch of cool items in it to make your outdoor adventure more fun.