Youth Program Partners Benefit from Active Trails Grant

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Date: May 19, 2015
Contact: Lina Oliveros, 410-260-2484

ANNAPOLIS, MD –The Chesapeake Bay Office is one of 37 national parks selected to receive a 2015Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its seventh year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects that help restore, protect, and/or create land and water trails across the country.

The All Sensory Trail project at Patapsco Valley State Park in Maryland is in its second phase and will expand access to outdoor recreational activities to individuals and groups of varying abilities.Youth corps participants with the Maryland Department of Natural Resources will upgrade sensory elements of the trail to include more tactile areas where visitors can touch various natural plants native to the Patapsco area.

Youth corps participants will also improve accessible interpretive signage and provide expanded access to the Nature Center and play area adjacent to the trail.The Patapsco Camp area will also be improved to create a more inclusive experience for park visitors. The National Park Service Chesapeake Bay office provides financial and technical assistance to youth program partners in the Chesapeake Bay watershed. Participants learn new job skills, experience new recreational opportunities, and help develop the Captain John Smith Chesapeake National Historic Trail.

Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted more than $2.8 million through its Active Trails program. As of 2014, Active Trails has engaged more than 11,000 volunteers and 579 project partners who combined have contributed more than 60,000 hours to help promote, refurbish or build national park trails.

"Through our Active Trails program, people are discovering that parks are great places to have fun, give back, and exercise," said Susan Newton, senior vice president of grants &programs at the National Park Foundation. "As we move into the second century of the National Park Service and look to connect all people to America's treasured places through our Find Your Park movement, programs like Active Trails are engaging people across the country and helping them find their own unique connections to parks."

"Trails are literal pathways to better health," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. "These National Park Foundation grants will help protect, restore, and create trails in national parks, both urban and rural, that are essential to our physical and mental health as places of recreation, inspiration, and reflection."

The entire list of the 2015 Active Trails recipients can be found here.

The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company and Subaru of America for their generous support of the Active Trails program.

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