To ring in the new year, the South Carolina State Park Service partnered with Kids in Parks to install four new TRACK Trails. Kids and families were invited to hike the newly opened trails on Friday, January 1 as part of First Day Hikes, an initiative led by America's State Parks to encourage people to get outdoors.
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!
We're nearly midway through the summer, and it has been HOT! However, there’s still plenty of outdoor fun to be had, even when the weather is a little more than warm. Read this post by @mtnmamatales for some great hot weather hiking tips to beat the heat when you go out with your kids. There are plenty of ways to safely enjoy being outside when the summer is at its peak. And what better way to cool off than to go for a swim? Here’s a list of ten of our TRACK Trail locations that have a swimming hole or two!
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!
The National Park Service and North Carolina State Parks share a birthday this year. Both agencies turned 100! To celebrate the BIG one, the North Carolina State Parks department and Kids in Parks cut the ribbon on a new trail atop Mount Mitchell, the state's first park and the tallest mountain east of the Mississippi River. The trail marks the North Carolina State Park's 23rd TRACK Trail and the 80th TRACK Trail in the state!
Three years ago, Kids in Parks installed three TRACK Trails in partnership with San Diego County Parks. One of the trails, the San Elijo Lagoon Ecological Preserve, has been the program's most registered TRACK Trail three years in a row. Because of this success, the county recently partnered with Kids in Parks to install two new TRACK Trails, giving kids and families from the region a total of five locations to get outdoors and active in parks!
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.