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Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument Receive 2013 Active Trails Grant from the National Park Foundation

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Date: June 14, 2013

Glen Canyon National Recreation Area and Rainbow Bridge National Monument are one of 22 national park units across the country selected to receive a 2013 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Now in its fifth year, the Active Trails program supports hands-on projects that encourage the public to lead healthy lives by actively engaging in trail work, special events and community activities that help restore, protect and/or create land and water trails across the country.

Glen Canyon/Rainbow Bridge staff, Page High School UNITY Club, Coconino County Health Services District, Grand Canyon Youth, Utah Conservation Corps, and Glen Canyon Natural History Association will use the 2013 Active Trails grant to connect under-engaged youth and adults to their national parks through participation in land and water-based trail activities. Project participants will explore the beautiful Colorado and San Juan Rivers by kayak and don boots to trek along the Hanging Garden Trail and Rainbow Bridge North Trail. Each event will include thematic activities based on topics such as physical wellness, nutrition, and natural and cultural resource stewardship. This project will enable schools, families, and communities to unite to create healthy lifestyle changes, and provide a bridge between local communities and their national parks.

“It is an honor and a privilege to be selected to receive this grant. This is a great opportunity to work with local partners and community members to showcase our parks and improve overall community wellness,” said Superintendent Todd Brindle.

Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $1.7 million through its Active Trails program. To date, Active Trails has engaged more than 4,700 volunteers and 131 project partners who combined have contributed more than 21,000 hours to help promote, refurbish or build national park trails that were ultimately enjoyed by 304,000 visitors (and counting!).

This project was made possible in part by a grant from the National Park Foundation through the generous support of Coca-Cola and the Coca-Cola Foundation. A listing of parks and their Active Trails project descriptions can be found on the National Park Foundation website.

Media contacts:  
Alanna Sobel, National Park Foundation, asobel@nationalparks.org, (202) 354-6486  
Lonnie Pilkington, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, lonnie_pilkington@nps.gov, (928) 608-6269.

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