Maryland's Department of Natural Resources (same ones who have brought us Maryland Park Quest, which we love so!), are at it again to get us up and outside. This time, with their "First Day Hikes" program. However, Maryland can't take all the credit alone. For the first time, in coordination with the American States Park organization, all 50 states are participating in the First Day Hike Program.
The point of the program--to offer up free opportunities in State Parks for folks and families to start the year on the right foot--in the great outdoors, enjoying nature. Unplugging, exercising, embracing beauty that nature offers, and tackling nature-deficit disorder.
So mark your calendar for New Year's Day, and make some time to get out and be one with nature. Richard Louv, author of Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder,
and The Nature Principle: Human Restoration and the End of Nature-Deficit Disorder would raise his New Year's glass, and toast you and your gameplan to participate!
To find a state park near you, click here and put in your location to find outdoor fun nearby!
Cheers to you, 2012, and all outdoor adventures ahead!!
Picture from http://www.dnr.state.md.us/publiclands/firstdayhikes.asp
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