Kids in Parks is a network of hiking, biking, paddling and disc golf trails outfitted with free activity guides for children and families. The mission behind these TRACK Trails goes beyond fun; the goals are to encourage kids to be physically active and help them build meaningful connections with nature. In turn, these goals help inspire the next generation of stewards, who will care for all public lands, including the Blue Ridge Parkway. Parks are at their best when people use, appreciate, and care for them.
In 2021, you can grow the Kids in Parks program by supporting the installation of three new TRACK Trails along the Parkway corridor, including one in Roanoke, Virginia. Your gift toward our $37,000 goal will introduce families to the outdoors in fresh and creative ways.
Each TRACK Trail has a series of self-guided brochures designed to turn an ordinary hike into a fun-filled, discovery-packed adventure. The guides encourage children to truly engage with the outdoors by identifying trees and birds, viewing the forest from the perspective of animals, and searching for natural features, among other fun activities. The ease of the hikes and educational materials provide a positive introduction to outdoor activities. TRACK Trails are fun, healthy, and free. Children can record their adventures at KidsinParks.com to earn prizes and plan more adventures.
Get kids outdoors!
Help us expand the network of TRACK Trails.