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.
On Saturday, October 12 four new TRACK Trails were opened in Wilkesboro, North Carolina. Each TRACK Trail was celebrated with a ribbon cutting and variety of fun activities for kids to enjoy.
As part of the SHIFT Awards in Jackson, a limited-time TRACK Trail opportunity will be open on Nelson Knoll. Check out sweeping views of the Teton Range, National Elk Refuge, and the Gros Ventre Mountains just a quick walk from town.
Just because summer break is over, it doesn't mean that outdoor fun has to end. Let's explore some of the ways you can keep your adventure going throughout the school year.
As summer winds down, the National Park Service invites you to have fun with friends and family. We can get on board with that!
With the smell of roasted hot dogs and toasty s'mores in the air, the new TRACK Trail opened in the beautiful mountain community of Montreat.
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).
Check out these great coastal TRACK Trails this summer.
Every year, we dive into the statistics of the of the Kids in Parks program. The numbers tell a powerful story.
We don't know about you, but photos of snow make us incredibly happy. If you have a great photo of snow, we want to see it.
In today's world, kids spend 7.65 hours per day on some kind of screened device. Compare that to a mere 7 minutes that the average child spends in unstructured outdoor play. These numbers are having a profound effect on our kids' physical and mental health. Time spent active outdoors has been shown to improve health issues, from obesity to ADHD, and the well-being of everyone. But where do you start?