Fit Families in Rocky Mountain National Park

A group of young children and their families with a foggy mountain background
The Family Center/La Familia group outdoors

Ally Eden, Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth

Healthy Kids Club is a UCHealth program that promotes health and wellness to kids in northern Colorado communities including Fort Collins, Loveland, Greeley and surrounding areas. Fit Families on the Move is a program that aims to provide families and children with opportunities for healthy family engagement (physical activity, nutrition, education) during the summer months. Healthy Kids Club partners with local venues and organizations in the community to obtain low cost or no cost admission prices for participating families. Families obtain points for the number of activities they participate in based on stamps received in their passport and at the end of the summer, are rewarded for their participation with cool prizes.

A young girl holding a trail guide for Bear Lake in Rocky Mountain National Park
Young girl visits Bear Lake at Rocky Mountain National Park.

Ally Eden, Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth

In the Summer of 2017, the NPS Biological Resources Division Community Stewardship Program partnered with Healthy Kids Club and Rocky Mountain National Park to include a free access day for Fit Families on the Move passport holders. Passport holders were able to check in at the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center between 9:00-11:00 am on Thursday August 3, 2017 to get their passport stamped and obtain free entry into the park. Rocky Mountain National Park is approximately 50-70 miles, or a one hour drive, from participating communities.

In all, 19 families were able to take advantage of this opportunity to visit the park. Of the 95 people total, approximately half were under the age of 18. Healthy Kids Club coordinated a group to attend from The Family Center/La Familia in Fort Collins which accounted for 70 of the total attendees. According to Healthy Kids Club staff, the vast majority of that group had never been to Rocky Mountain National Park before.


Two women and a man behind a booth for families to register for Fit Families
Registration table at Beaver Meadows Visitor Center for Fit Families on the Move passport holders.

Ally Eden, Healthy Kids Club, UCHealth

Rocky Mountain National Park Environmental Education staff provided an orientation of the park and junior ranger books, available in both English and Spanish, to all of the kids that attended. Many of the children returned to the Beaver Meadows Visitor Center to be sworn in as junior rangers at the end of their visit. Healthy Kids Club staff also reported that both of the park rangers the group from The Family Center/La Familia interfaced with spoke Spanish, and that the parents in the group were “very happy about that”.

For more information, contact Communit Stewardship Program Manager, Kelly Coy, e-mail us