Adventure Stories

Celebrating NTTD and Two New Trails!

Trail TRACKers and families all across the nation went out on August 24 to celebrate National TRACK Trails Day! Despite some rainy weather in the east coast regions, a great time was had by all who went out to hike, bike, or play disc golf on our many TRACK Trails! Whether you visited your favorite TRACK Trail location, or were able to attend one of our many NTTD events that day, we're so glad you went out and TRACKed the Trails with us!
by Allison Royal, August 28th, 2019

KIP Turns 10! Celebrate with us on National TRACK Trails Day!

Can you believe it? Kids in Parks is turning 10! And we’re so excited to celebrate! It has been our passion this past decade to create opportunities to encourage children and parents to improve wellness by turning to nature; by venturing outdoors and “unplugging” from the distractions of modern life. Because not only do people benefit from being outdoors, but our public lands benefit when people use them!
by Allison Royal, August 13th, 2019

#OneMillionTRACKs: Your adventures with Kids in Parks!

We get a lot of fantastic comments and stories from our Trail TRACKers and parents. Everything from hiking adventures, to what they’ve learned, and why they choose to TRACK the trails with us! We wouldn’t have reached this one million milestone without so many awesome Trail TRACKers and their families and friends! So here are a few quotes from various experiences share with Kids in Parks.
by Allison Royal, June 14th, 2019

Celebrate #OneMillionTRACKs with Kids in Parks!

Kids in Parks has reached an awesome milestone: one million adventures have been completed on our TRACK Trails! And to celebrate, we’ll be dedicating the first week of June to show how much we appreciate your support and seeing the adventures you take with Track and Kip! We’ll also be launching a limited-time T-shirt fundraiser through Bonfire, where all proceeds from the fundraiser will help fund prizes for the next one million Trail TRACKers!
by Allison Royal, May 28th, 2019

Otherworldy Adventures

May the Fourth be with you for a special parks shoutout in honor of Star Wars Day. Some of our TRACK Trail locations feature some pretty out of this world scenery. Whether along the TRACK Trail, or in another section of the park, these sites host unique features to thrill a young science fiction fan looking for an otherworldly adventure.
by Allison Royal, May 2nd, 2019
KIP and BCBSNC Foundation Staff pose for a picture with the award

Kids in Parks founding partner honored for significant philanthropic investments

Kids in Parks founding partner, the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation (Blue Cross NC) was named the 2018 Outstanding Foundation by the Association of Fundraising Professionals Western North Carolina Chapter in front of a sold-out crowd at National Philanthropy Day. The annual award ceremony honors philanthropists, fundraising professionals, and volunteers making significant contributions to Western North Carolina’s philanthropic community.
by Jason Urroz, November 27th, 2018
SHIFT Award Presentation

Kids in Parks Wins Youth Engagement Award at SHIFT

On October 17, 2018, the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation accepted the Youth Engagement Award for its Kids in Parks program at the annual SHIFT Festival in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Kids in Parks was recognized for engaging more than 450,000 children with the outdoors through a nationwide network of TRACK Trails and its Parks Prescriptions program, TRACK Rx.
by Jason Urroz, November 2nd, 2018