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Kids in Parks

Move more at the park! The Kids in Parks program, an initiative of the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, the Blue Ridge Parkway and the Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina Foundation, is working with partners in North Carolina and throughout the country to provide a network of family friendly trails called TRACK Trails. These trails connect various public lands in an attempt to get kids “unplugged,” outdoors and reconnected with nature for their health and the health of our parks. Each TRACK Trail has a series of brochure-led self-guided adventures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled adventure. Kids earn prizes for TRACKing their TRACK Trail adventures in their online nature journal on the Kids in Parks website. North Carolina enjoys the largest number of TRACK Trails in the country, featuring 17 Hiking TRACK Trails and three Nature Trail Disc Golf Course TRACK Trails. As of November 2012, more than 650 individual Trail TRACKers had registered more than 900 trail adventures, with approximately 13% having registered adventures from more than one TRACK Trail location. The average age of the program’s hiking Trail TRACKers is 7.5 years, and the average age of the program’s Nature Trail Disc Golf TRACKers is 14.5 years old.

The Kids in Parks program three-year results:

  • 15,000 child-miles hiked
  • 2.3 million calories burned
  • 7,500 hours spent “unplugged” and outdoors by kids


Learn more about the Kids in Parks program by visiting http://kidsinparks.com.


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