Outdoor and military organizations celebrate ‘Month of the Military Child’
Today, The Sierra Club, Blue Star Families, Children & Nature Network, National Military Family Association, Outdoors Alliance for Kids, the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service will host activities at Prince William Forest Park in Triangle, Virginia in honor of the sacrifices children face when a parent is deployed.
These young heroes endure frequent moves, changing schools, making new friends, and missing mom or dad.
“Military children serve too, and we’ve found that connecting these children with the outdoors allows them to not only have fun, but gives them and their families a sense of resiliency,” said Stacy Bare, Sierra Club Mission Outdoors director. “The outdoors heals.”
This initiative “Military Child Outdoors” is part of an ongoing effort to connect military children with the outdoors and celebrate their unique service to the country. Dozens of local events are being organized around the country during the month of April.
At Prince William Forest Park today activities include kayak and canoe demonstrations, fishing lessons, environmental education stations, nature-based games and activities, and organized hikes.
“From the uniforms national park rangers wear to the U.S. cavalry who patrolled our country’s earliest national parks like Yellowstone and Yosemite, national parks and the military have long-standing ties,” Jonathan B. Jarvis, National Park Service director said. “America’s national parks offer special places for service members and their families to vacation, to learn, to relax, to have fun and to be inspired.”
Upcoming events in other cities include:
- Sturgeon City Park in Jacksonville, NC on April 13, 2013
- Kids First Fair in San Diego, CA on April 27, 2013
- Turkey Creek Ranch in Colorado Springs, CO on June 8, 2013