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.
Each April, during the presidentially-proclaimed National Park Week, the National Park Service joins with the National Park Foundation to celebrate America's treasures. National Park Week is a time to explore amazing places, discover stories of history and culture, help out, and find your park!
In recent years, BioBlitzing has become an increasingly popular activity in urban areas. More and more, parks and cities host Bioblitzes to help create connections between the public and the environment. Attending a local BioBlitz can be a great opportunity for kids, enhancing their appreciation of the environment while engaging them in real citizen science projects. However, a BioBlitz event cannot be found everywhere. So, here are some tips on creating your own mini-BioBlitz in your backyard!
Our friends have a bunch of great events coming up including a guided hike on the TRACK Trail and a big party for the oldest living longleaf pine on earth!
Last year was a big year for Kids in Parks! In 2018, we introduced a number of new experiences and locations to our network of trails, including our 100th TRACK Trail in North Carolina. With more opportunities to get outdoors, we saw many first-time visitors to our partnering parks and sites. Here is our list of the Top 10 Most Visited TRACK Trail sites for the year of 2018.
First Landing State Park unveiled a TRACK Track trail as a fun new opportunity for kids and families!
Can simply walking in the woods change your life for the better? Science says 'YES!'
Two new TRACK Trails opened in Pitt County, North Carolina on December 17, expanding the total network of TRACK Trails in the county to four.
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.
The Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation’s Kids in Parks program celebrated the opening of its 100th TRACK Trail in North Carolina alongside its partners Edgecombe County, the Town of Tarboro, and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation on Thursday, November 1, at Indian Lake Park in Tarboro.
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.
As part of the Gorgeous Gorges Color Festival, kids cut the ribbon for a brand new TRACK Trail.