For our final #ThankfulThursday, we want to show our thanks to all other organizations that contribute to getting kids and families outdoors for their wellness and education.
For another #ThankfulThursday, we want to recognize city and county parks. Just as water, sewer, and public safety are considered essential public services, parks are vitally important to establishing and maintaining the quality of life in a community.
For another #ThankfulThursday, we want to recognize our state parks partners. Plan a visit to any of these state parks in North Carolina, South Dakota, and Virginia where you can find a TRACK Trail! We also have trails coming soon in South Carolina State Parks!
This #ThankfulThursday, we want to recognize our partners in the National Park Service and other partners within the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Department of Agriculture. America’s public lands are the crown jewels of our country. Made up of renowned national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, conservation areas, scenic rivers, marine monuments, historic sites, battlefields, and wildernesses, public lands cover hundreds of millions of acres across the nation.
Spending time in nature benefits our physical health and can help us connect with each other by fostering cooperation and providing moments of self-reflection. Did you know there are a lot of fun ways to inspire curiosity in nature while indoors? Below are a few simple ideas to help you plan and make the most of nature experiences.
Not only do people benefit from being outdoors, but our public lands also benefit when people use them! Stronger connections between children and parks cultivate stewards who will understand the value of our public lands. As those connections have grown (and still grow!) on our network of TRACK Trails, we’re excited to celebrate our 2nd annual National TRACK Trails Day! A day to honor our partners and Trail TRACKers who help make this program possible!
Kids in Parks has converted some of our most popular TRACK Trail brochures into e-Adventures that kids can do on a smartphone or tablet. Kids can complete these e-Adventures in their backyard, schoolyard, local park, on an official TRACK Trail, or anywhere in between.
Creating a nature journal is a great way to connect kids to the outdoors and encourage them to observe the natural world around them. Nature journals can be as simple or as creative as desired, can have a singular theme or cover many topics, and record findings in your backyard or findings from a hike.
To keep your adventures always new and exciting, we’ve compiled some free activities that you and your family can do outside. We will continue to update this page with new resources over the next few weeks, so stay tuned to this page, share it with your friends!
In light of the precautions being taken nationally to prevent the spread of COVID-19, Kids in Parks will be suspending some of our usual operations in order to follow the guidelines set forth by the Center for Disease Control, as well as orders from our respective state’s government. Expect delays and ommissions of trail materials at our trailheads, but feel free to contact us for any questions or concerns. Read for more info.
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Sometimes starting something new can feel like a commitment, especially when it involves physical activity. And often we lose interest in something that should be simple and carefree, because we are so used to feeling like everything should have structure and immediate purpose. So, what do you do? Try bringing new activities and hobbies to your hike through the woods and turn it into a whole new experience.