Kids in Parks Honors Month of the Military Child | Parenthood and family

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Program to provide new outdoor opportunities for military families across the country

To mark Month of the Military Child, the Kids in Parks program and Blue Star Families are joining forces and officially launching their partnership to help children of military families enjoy the outdoors. Month of the Military Child is designated to recognize the sacrifices made by children in the military community and commend them for the stresses and challenges they overcome.

The collaboration with Kids in Parks is a new component of Outdoor Explorers for All, a flagship program of Blue Star Outdoors, which invites military families to connect with the outdoors to cope with the stresses of an outdoor lifestyle. the army. Attendees can interact with outdoor experts in virtual meetings, experience individual and group outdoor activities, and build community connections. Kids in Parks will help expand these experiences by providing Blue Star Family Chapters across the country with self-guided activities that help affiliated families explore nature. The brochure, Backyard Adventures, will encourage children to identify birds and trees and explore their backyard with a scavenger hunt. Blue Star families can also use Kids in Parks e-Adventures, smartphone-friendly activities that kids can enjoy in any outdoor environment.

Blue Star Families is a nonprofit organization that reaches more than 1.5 million military family members each year. With chapters across the country, Blue Star Families ensures that American military families feel connected, supported and empowered to thrive.

“Every military-related family deserves to find a connection on the outside,” said Blue Star Parks DEPLOY Fellow Nicole Rawlinson. “That’s why we are investing in developing a series of outdoor programs that are diverse, inclusive and responsive to the needs of our community. Through this new relationship with Kids in Parks, we are extending these resources to our families and inviting them outside, meet them where he feels comfortable.”

Deployments, frequent moves and general unpredictability are among the many challenges that can impact a military family’s sense of belonging and quality of life. Spending time with nature can counteract these stressors and improve the overall well-being of children and adults.

“We are honored to help support military families through our partnership with Blue Star Families and its nationwide network of chapters. Our goal is to create meaningful connections with nature through outdoor recreational activities performed on bases, in military communities and at official TRACK Trail sites,” said Jason Urroz, director of Kids in Parks. “Together we can improve the physical, mental, emotional and social health of children and families by sharing time together in nature.”

To improve the overall health and well-being of children and families, Kids in Parks works with park partners nationwide to develop TRACK Trails. This growing network of family-friendly hiking trails offers self-guided materials that turn ordinary hikes into fun, discovery-filled adventures. Since its inception in 2009 by the Blue Ridge Parkway Foundation, Kids in Parks has opened more than 230 TRACKS TRACKS. Families who participate in Kids in Parks activities can win prizes designed to encourage repeat participation and make ongoing outdoor adventures more meaningful.

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