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Grand Canyon National Park Receives 2017 Active Trails Grant


Grand Canyon National Park is one of 21 national parks selected to receive a 2017 Active Trails

grant from the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks. Grand Canyon National Park has teamed up with Grand Canyon School to create the “Phantom Challenge.” Community members will strive to walk the length of Grand Canyon (277 miles) through events and activities that provide opportunities for families of all ages to walk, hike, backpack, snowshoe and bike the length of Grand Canyon while getting outdoors and experiencing nature in Grand Canyon National Park.

Now entering its ninth successful year, the multi-faceted Active Trails program enriches national parks; strengthens relationships between parks, community members and organizations; and supports individual growth and well-being.

“This grant will bring community members into the park to engage in meaningful activities that promote a healthy, active lifestyle and connect them to the park as a place they feel welcome to recreate and enjoy,” said

Amala Posey, Youth Coordinator at Grand Canyon National Park.

Since 2008, the National Park Foundation has granted nearly $3.8 million through its Active Trails program. As of early 2016, Active Trails has engaged more than 15,000 volunteers and nearly 900 project partners.

“National parks offer great spaces to build community. Whether it is admiring a dark night sky, walking in the footsteps of your ancestors, or taking part in a fun outdoor challenge, our Active Trails grants make it possible for people from all backgrounds to engage in activities that bring us together in national parks,” said Susan Newton, senior vice president of grants & programs at the National Park Foundation.

“As the National Park Service enters its second century of service, connecting more people to parks, trails, and heritage areas builds on the success of our centennial and prepares us for the 50th anniversary of the National Trails System in 2018,” said Rita Hennessy, the National Park Service National Trails System program manager.

“These grants will encourage new generations of visitors to build their own connections to America’s remarkable places, where they can be active and inspired.”

The entire list of the 2017 Active Trails recipients can be found here .

The Active Trails projects are great examples of the countless ways there are to #FindYourPark . Launched in March 2015, Find Your Park/Encuentra Tu Parque is a public awareness and education movement to inspire people from all backgrounds to connect with, celebrate, and support America’s national parks and community-based programs. #FindYourPark invites people to discover and share their own unique connections to our nation's natural landscapes, vibrant culture, and rich history.

The National Park Foundation wishes to thank The Coca-Cola Company and The Coca-Cola Foundation for their generous support of the Active Trails program.

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