Grant Funding Expands Popular “Get Active in the Park” Program

visitors doing Tai Chi at Camp Brookside
Community members learning tai chi at Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center

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News Release Date: December 16, 2016

Contact: Julena Campbell, 304-465-6523

Contact: Melanie Seiler, 304-254-8488

Glen Jean, WV — The National Park Service and Active Southern West Virginia have received a second year of grant funding from the National Park Foundation’s Active Trails program. This $23,544 grant will fund an expansion of the “Get Active in the Park” program that was piloted with success during the summer and fall of 2016 at the recently opened Camp Brookside Environmental Education Center inside New River Gorge National River.

In its second year, the program will once again bring FREE, beginner-level, guided outdoor activities and mini-classes to the park. New for this year, activities will be offered year-round, and throughout all of New River Gorge National River, as well as at the Bluestone National Scenic River. Also new this year is the addition of winter programs such as cross-country skiing and snowshoeing, as well as other programs such as meditation, orienteering, and rock climbing. The activities are meant to introduce people of all ages and abilities to the variety of healthy outdoor adventures and recreational opportunities to be had in the National Parks of Southern West Virginia.  
This year’s Get Active in the Park series kicks off with a winter sports demo planned for Saturday, January 28, 2017. For more information about this event, or others in the series, check out the Facebook page at www.facebook.com/getactiveinthepark.

Volunteers Needed! All programs will be operated by trained Active Southern WV volunteers. The generous grant pays for training and/or certification classes for instructors. In exchange, volunteers teach classes for free. Volunteers are needed for this program with interest in teaching tai chi, stand up paddle boarding, guiding hikes, trail running, cooking classes, meditation, rock climbing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, yoga, orienteering, and more. Teaching experience is NOT necessary, as volunteers will be provided with training and/or certification. If you have interest in teaching any of these programs, contact getactiveinthepark@gmail.com or 304-254-8488 to learn more.
 This project was made possible with generous support from the Coca Cola Company and the Coca Cola Foundation. To learn more about New River Gorge National River and Active Southern West Virginia, visit www.nps.gov/neri or www.activeswv.org.
 
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Last updated: December 16, 2016

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