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The NPS Wellness Challenge at George Washington Carver National Monument

Welcome to your Wellness Challenge at George Washington Carver National Monument!

BEGINS DURING NATIONAL PARK WEEK, APRIL 16-24, 2022

George Washington Carver was a world-famous botanist, talented artist, humble humanitarian, educator and advocate for reconciliation. You can improve your health at his birthplace and childhood home – the first national park site to honor an African American. Stretch your mind, move your body, and contemplate the struggles and triumphs that led to his legacy.

Bronze statue of young George Washington Carver holding a plant and a foot bridge in the background.
George Washington Carver Wellness Challenge

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What is the NPS Wellness Challenge?

The NPS Wellness Challenge promotes the unique health resources that you can find in all seven Missouri National Parks. Challenge yourself by choosing from a wide range of activites - physical, mental and learning - to promote your health and well-being.

Learn more about The National Park Service Wellness Challenge in Missouri.

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Yoga in the park.

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Nature's Impact on Wellness

Will you wander the park paths to Carver’s secret garden? Will you explore the streams of the Carver Branch where he gathered water as a child? Or will you find inspiration in the empowering "I can" attitude he held throughout his life. The possibilities are endless - personal wellness is out there waiting for you. And, it is well within reach.

Choose Your Challenge

Pick a path - the possibilities are endless. Take a look at George Washington Carver National Monument wellness challenges and start earning your badges.

Answer our brief survey, to get your Wellness Challenge Completion Certificate for George Washington Carver National Monument.
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    Physical Wellness

    Take part in three physical challenges at GWCA NM by exploring the trails around his childhood home and participating in ranger-led tours.

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    Learning Wellness

    Exercise your mind with three learning challenges highlighting the impact of Carver's work in race relations and scientific innovation.

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    Mental Wellness

    Relax and reflect with three mental challenges as you absorb the natural wonders of George Washington Carver’s childhood home.

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Physical Wellness

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Physical Wellness at George Washington Carver National Monument

These physical challenges invite you to explore the park to improve your physical health. From exploring walking trails, observing wildlife and picnicking on the grounds — you can take time for yourself and find new ways to move at George Washington Carver National Monument

Once you complete the challenges, download your digital badge to share on social media. You can also get a rubber stamp to add to your NPS Wellness Challenge Guide or Passport Book at the Visitor Center lobby.

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    Learning Wellness at George Washington Carver National Monument

    Exercise your mind with learning challenges that focus on the history and teachings of George Washington Carver. Whether you interact with science exhibits, browse through galleries showcasing his art and family history, or engage in guided Ranger tours - each activity will grow your knowledge and enhance your perspective.

    Once you complete the challenges, download your digital badge to share on social media. You can also get a rubber stamp to add to your NPS Wellness Challenge Guide or Passport Book at the Visitor Center lobby.

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      A green diamond graphic with a lotus flower in the center and the words Mental Wellness on top of a green tinted photo of the Carver trail.
      Mental Wellness

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      Mental Wellness at George Washington Carver National Monument

      Sometimes you just need a moment to pause, reflect, and unplug. These mental challenges invite you to explore the park to improve your mental health. Whether you observe the prairie grass blowing in the breeze or take a snapshot of one of Carver’s favorite spots, these mental challenges give you the chance to connect with yourself and your surroundings.

      Once you complete the challenges, download your digital badge to share on social media. You can also get a rubber stamp to add to your NPS Wellness Challenge Guide or Passport Book at the Visitor Center lobby.

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        The National Park Service Wellness Challenge inspires you to create lasting habits of personal wellness. Healthy Parks, Healthy People advances the fact that all parks - urban and wildland - are cornerstones of your physical, mental and spiritual health, social well-being; and sustainability of the planet.
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        Learn More about the Wellness Challenge

        Learn more about the National Park Service Wellness Challenge throughout all seven National Park Services in Missouri

        George Washington Carver National Monument

        Last updated: April 20, 2022