2019 was a busy and exciting year for Kids in Parks. Alongside introducing a number of new experiences to our network of trails, we saw our one-millionth adventure taken on our trails, and later celebrated our 10th anniversary. With more opportunities to get outdoors, we saw many first-time visitors to our partnering parks and sites.
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!
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!
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.
We have dozens of different activities that kids can do outdoors! Here are some of our Trail TRACKers favorite Kids in Parks activities!
As we celebrate #OneMillionTRACKs, a week dedicated to the one million adventures completed on our TRACK Trails, we wanted to showcase what some of our Trail TRACKers have to say about the adventures they take with Kids in Parks! Here are some of our Trail TRACKers favorite TRACK Trails to visit!
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!
Now for a limited time, you can purchase one of three Kids in Parks shirts and wear your support as you "TRACK the trails" with us!
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.
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.
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.
At Kids in Parks, we love connecting kids and families to nature and helping our parks thrive. That’s why we were honored to recently learn that our program has been named an Official Selection for a Youth Engagement Award by the group SHIFT (Shaping How we Invest For Tomorrow).