We are blessed with plenty of parks and outdoor recreation areas in our beautiful state of Washington. So many that there are thousands we’ve never visited.
Our youngest son is the Assistant Park Ranger at one of the most popular parks in our area and we couldn’t be prouder of him for serving nature and the people of our state. I’d like to think he chose this occupation because of all the years we spent camping, fishing, boating, hiking, and more. We spent so many summer vacations in one spot or another enjoying our beautiful lakes and mountains that he has an inherent love for nature. We had no idea back then that our son would make it a profession. Our intent was to entertain the boys while getting them some exercise and teaching them about nature and the world around us.
The boys checking out a chipmunk – 1989 (the future Park Ranger is in the hooded sweater)
Now you can do the same and there’s no better time to explore your parks and recreational areas than now because July is National Park and Recreation Month! This year’s theme is “Get Wild!” It’s a chance to get outside and participate in some fun local and national events and who knows what interest you might spark in your future nature lover!
NRPA Get Wild 2012
I Pleged to Get Wild During National Park and Recreation Month and so can you!
Visit the National Recreation and Park Association website for a calendar of local events taking place all across the country, download the official toolkit, take the NRPA Get Wild pledge, and find out how to participate in the Get Wild Geocaching Contest and your chance to win 1 of 5 Magellan GC eXplorist GPS Devices.
New to geocaching? It’s a great way to become outdoor detectives and use your map and navigational skills to find treasures hidden by other geochachers. Now’s a great time to learn more and get information on this fun hobby. Download the step-by-step get started geocaching guide.
The NRPA is a national not-for-profit organization which is committed to advancing parks and recreation as well as conservation efforts which improve the quality of life for all people
I wrote this review while participating in a blog tour by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of National Recreation and Park Association and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate. All opinions and experiences are my own.