2016 Active Trails Grant Received

People in two canoes paddle and look at a wooded shoreline.
Paddling on the St. Croix River is one of many Active Trails activities at the Riverway.


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News Release Date: June 20, 2016

Contact: Julie Galonska, 715-483-2270

Contact: Alanna Sobel, 202-796-2538

WASHINGTON (June 17, 2016) - The St. Croix National Scenic Riverway is one of 25 national parks selected to receive a 2016 Active Trails grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America's national parks. Now in its eighth year, the Active Trails program supports healthy living by getting people out and active in national parks through projects promoting recreation and exercise.
The grant funding will bring youth and families to the St. Croix and Namekagon rivers to experience paddling while learning about its health benefits. National Park Service staff will work with Riverway's friends group, the St. Croix River Association, and other partners to organize a series of paddles that includes health and wellness activities.
"These paddle programs are great ways for local communities to discover the recreational opportunities available on the St. Croix and Namekagon. We are thrilled to continue to offer experiences that promote the benefits of being active outside," remarked Julie Galonska, acting superintendent of the St. Croix National Scenic Riverway. 
Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted more than $3.35 million through its Active Trails program. As of early 2015, Active Trails has engaged more than 12,000 volunteers and 740 project partners.
"From Zumba and yoga, to paddling along the seashore, to guided hikes for veterans, our national parks are places for healthy living, wellness, fun, and healing," said Susan Newton, senior vice president of grants and programs at the National Park Foundation. "Thanks to our Active Trails program, we're able to help people from all backgrounds discover how they can actively enjoy our national parks in ways that speak to their unique interests."
"National parks, both urban and rural, can provide opportunities to improve one's physical and mental health," said Sara Newman, Director of the Office of Public Health at the National Park Service. "The scientific evidence is mounting to demonstrate that physical activity in the outdoors can lead to numerous health benefits, and we are proud our parks are a health resource for this nation. These National Park Foundation grants will help all visitors experience our parks as places to recreate, inspire, reflect, and be active."
The entire list of the 2016 Active Trails recipients can be found here.
The Active Trails projects are great examples of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark. Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America's national parks and community-based programs. Celebrating the National Park Service Centennial and setting the stage for the Services's next 100 years, #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.
The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support of the Active Trails program.
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About the National Park Foundation
The National Park Foundation is the official charity of America's national parks and nonprofit partner to the National Park Service. Chartered by Congress in 1967, the National Park Foundation raises private funds to help PROTECT more than 84 million acres of national parks through critical conservation and preservation efforts, CONNECT all Americans with their incomparable natural landscapes, vibrant culture and rich history, and INSPIRE the next generation of park stewards. Find out more and become a part of the national park community at www.nationalparks.org.

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