Sometimes starting something new can feel like a commitment, especially when it involves physical activity. And often we lose interest in something that should be simple and carefree, because we are so used to feeling like everything should have structure and immediate purpose. So, what do you do? Try bringing new activities and hobbies to your hike through the woods and turn it into a whole new experience.
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.
Just in time for the chilly weather, KIP winter wear is now available from Bonfire! Get yours today!
The month of October is National Arts and Humanities Month, and to recognize how nature and our parks inspire creatives, the National Park Service celebrates Arts in Parks.
Hiking can be a fun way to encourage healthy eating! There's just something about taking your lunch outdoors that can make it taste all the better. Especially after a good hike. And when making your hiking lunches, be sure that it's a well-balanced meal.
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'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!
On Saturday, July 27, our 19th TRACK Trail location in Virginia opened at the James River Visitor Center (Blue Ridge Parkway MP 63.7). Here you can stretch your legs on the Trail of Trees or Canal Lock Trails . Or you can make a day of it with the 3.5-mile Otter Creek Trail that connects Otter Creek Campground to the James River Visitor Center.
On Saturday, June 22, a mighty crew of Madras families celebrated the opening of two new TRACK Trails.
Families in the Durham, North Carolina region just got four new awesome ways to enjoy summer. In June, four new TRACK Trails opened around the city of Durham, giving kids and families in the area an easy and fun way to explore the outdoors.
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.