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Connecting Kids to Parks

First Hike

Addressing "Nature Deficit Disorder" with children spending less time out in the natural environment is a priority for Mount Rainier National Park. This project (funded in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012) provided schools interested in visiting the park with travel subsidies to cover the cost of bus rentals and substitute teachers. Ten schools, serving 500 to 1,000 students, were able to visit the park on field trips. Focused on grades K-12, the goal is to strengthen the students’ connection to the park, cultivating future park lovers and supporters. Learning in the park gives students who may not otherwise have a chance to experience the park to do so, all while learning why they are such important places.

If you're interested in these programs, contact the Mount Rainier National Park's Education Specialist by email or at 360-569-2211, ext. 6037.