In celebration of National Parks Week (April 21st – April 29th), It’s All Good Media released their Chipper for Parks program, an educational and public awareness initiative for kids and their families to experience the great outdoors. This includes more play at your local playgrounds to state and national parks where families are invited to connect, celebrate, and conserve.
Since its inception in 1872, The United States National Parks System has grown from a single, public reservation called Yellow Stone National Park to embrace over 450 natural, historical, recreational, and cultural areas throughout the United States. Parks are the living, breathing monuments to our nation’s history, culture, and landscape. The Park Rangers, charged with their protection, need community help as well, by way of visiting and volunteering and that’s where Let’s Go Chipper comes in.
Junior Park Ranger programs are a great way to inspire our young people to care for the park systems by appreciating their beauty and fun. A great first step on Chipper’s path to the great outdoors is a playground experience, such as those supported by Let’s Go Chipper’s playground and park revitalizations and community- and classroom-based educational programs through the non-profit, Growing UP For Good.
With many state parks on the closure lists and national parks losing necessary revenue to operate historical landmarks and programs, the Chipper for Parks program aims to promote a new generation of park enthusiasts while increasing funds for the parks.
The Chipper for Parks program also empowers kids and families to make a difference by supporting their local playgrounds, state parks and national parks through involvement and the sale of Chipper for Parks embroidered badges (proceeds can be donated to their park of choice.) With each purchase of a Chipper For Parks badge, consumers receive a ‘Chipper Kit’ filled with play-based ideas to help educate and connect in your schools and communities. Details can be found on the Chipper for Parks Facebook page.
By building awareness and action, IAG media intends to expand its Let’s Go Chipper!’¢ Into the Great Outdoors educational and community programs while providing financial support for initiatives which help maintain opportunities for children, families, educators, and veterans to experience the physical and emotional benefits from being in nature.
2012 Fee Free Days at National Parks
Additionally, there are several ‘Fee Free Days’ at National Parks around the country. Participating park waivers may include entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Fee Free Days for the remainder of 2012 are:
April 21-29 National Park Week
June 9 Get Outdoors Day
September 29 National Public Lands Day
November 10-12 Veterans Day Weekend
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