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CITIES & TOWNS MOBILIZE FOR NATIONAL KIDS TO PARKS DAY --Town of Huntersville Signs On for May 18 Nationwide Park Celebration

Hundreds of thousands of children nationwide, including here in Huntersville, will take part in a grassroots movement to discover America’s parks through play on Saturday, May 18, to commemorate National Park Trust’s (NPT) third annual National Kids to Parks Day.

Huntersville Parks and Recreation invites you and your family to our parks the weekend of May 18th & 19th to participate in our 1st Annual QRious Kids in the Parks Scavenger Hunt, in celebration of National Kids to the Parks Day.

Objective:
• QR codes will be placed in the park bulletin boards
• scan the QR code to get the riddle
• find the object/place in the park that answers the riddle
• take a picture of the object/place
• download all pictures from the parks to an album
• post album on FB or e-mail album to thouk@huntersville.org
• winners names will be placed in a “hat” and one winner will be drawn to receive a gift card to HPRD.

Supplies:
• Smart Phone with QR app (to read clues) & take pictures
• Download the clues from our website & print if you don’t have access to a smart phone.
• Digital Camera

Rules:
• One member from family/group must be 12 & under
• All entries need to be in by 12pm on Monday, May 20th, 2013

The Town of Huntersville also encourages residents to visit www.kidstoparks.org today and sign up so that local families can be counted in the national tally. Then, on May 18, families are encouraged to visit a park or recreation area and submit photos of their adventures to Buddy@BuddyBison.org for possible inclusion in NPT’s national map commemorating the day. (what/where will this national map be displayed?

Click HERE to view Proclamation of May 18 as National Kids to Parks Day in Huntersville.

At a time when the obesity epidemic touches nearly 1 in 3 children who are either overweight or obese, communities are witnessing sky-rocketing rates of high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes and elevated choles-terol levels in children. Like Huntersville, other cities across the nation are committing to a simple motto: “active kids are healthy kids” and encouraging their residents to use National Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.

National Kids to Parks Day has been endorsed by Department of Interior’s Youth in the Great Outdoors, America’s State Parks, American Academy of Pediatrics, National Education Association, Children’s Na-tional Medical Center, Boy Scouts of America, US Army Corps of Engineers, Children & Nature Network, National Environmental Education Foundation and officially in support of the First Lady’s Let Move Out-side! initiative to get more youth and families to be active and live healthier.

VISION: Everyone will have an American Park Experience.
MISSION: Preserving parks today; creating park stewards for tomorrow.

ABOUT NATIONAL PARK TRUST
National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. To learn more about our work visit, www.parktrust.org.
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