Home, Home in the Woods
What a way to kick off the second year of President Obama’s Every Kid in a Park initiative! National Park Trust, The North Face (TNF) and the Outdoors Alliance for Kids joined forces to bring 90 fourth graders from P.S. 119 Amersfort in Brooklyn, NY, to the Ecology Village at Gateway National Recreation Area for a day of fun and educational outdoor activities. This was the first of five events in different cities (NYC, DC, Boston, Chicago, and San Francisco) funded by TNF’s Explore Fund. The second was at Rock Creek Park in Washington, D.C.
The students were first welcomed by Jennifer Nercesian, the superintendent of Gateway National Recreation Area, and received their Every Kid in a Park passes. They participated in 5 rotations of activities led by the National Park Service (NPS), TNF, and Brooklyn Bridge Park Conservancy.
At our next event in Rock Creek, Deputy Superintendent Frank Young helped kick off the celebration by distributing park passes before the students explored the park and the planetarium.
TNF helped kids at both parks learn about setting up tents and packing a backpack for overnight trips. These events were a huge success, and we couldn’t have done it without the continued support of The North Face! You can follow them @thenorthface.