They aren’t wearing white lab coats, but there are already young citizen scientists collecting data at Front Lake at Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site. On April 27, the Kids in Parks program opened its first Citizen Science TRACK Trail designed to engage kids in learning and caring for the park’s ecosystem while helping staff researchers and natural resource managers.
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.
To celebrate National Park Rx Day, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program, Blue Ridge Parkway and National Park Service are hosting a family-friendly event at 3 p.m., Sunday, April 24, at the Parkway Visitor Center in Asheville. The afternoon will include a guided hike with park rangers and local pediatricians and more activities to spread awareness about the enjoyment and health benefits provided by outdoor adventures.
The Interpretive Graphic Artist will help create the Kids in Parks program’s graphic materials: brochures, trailhead signs, interpretive panels, a newsletter, and other creative projects. They will also maintain the program’s website and social media.
Last week, several partnering agencies and volunteers were recognized at the W. Kerr Scott Dam and Reservoir in Wilkesboro, NC, by the United States Army Corps of Engineers for their efforts in maintaining and improving various recreational opportunities at the lake.
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!
Since the start of Kids in Parks in 2009, the program has expanded rapidly from the first TRACK Trail on the Blue Ridge Parkway to over 100 TRACK Trails in seven different states and Washington, DC.
Join PLUM LANDING in Taking the Challenge to teach children about conserving water in their own homes.
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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.