Houston - Open OutDoors for Kids - Formerly EKiP

Houston - Open OutDoors for Kids - Formerly EKiP Title I Houston area fourth graders get free bus funds and access to 35 local parks, lands and waters.
https://www.nationalparks.org/our-work/campaigns-initiatives/open-outdoors-kids

What is the Every Kid in a Park Program - Houston (EKIP Houston)? The EKIP Houston program reimburses transportation funds for field trips taken by Title I, 4th classes to our amazing Greater Houston Area outdoor spaces. Houston EKIP collaborates with over 35 national, state, and local organizations who provide a variety of curriculum-based natural, cultural, and historical field trips correlated with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These transportation funds are made available through a grant from the National Park Foundation for the 2016-2017 academic school year. 37 local, state, and federal land management and nature center partners in the Houston Gulf Coast area have come together to facilitate this effort. These partners have sites, staff, and TEKS curriculum-based field trips available now that cover subjects from nature and science, to language arts, history and culture. Partnership goals are to: 1. Provide transportation funding to enable an estimated 200 field trips for Title I area schools, allowing approximately 16,000 4th grade students access to public lands and waters. 2. Welcome under-served communities into parks and public lands, build a healthy, happy habit of connecting with nature and enjoying our national, state, and local treasures. 3. Provide a comprehensive online resource for public lands and waters based field trip experiences in the region, that are available to all educators to access these "living classrooms". History: President Barack Obama created Every Kid in a Park so fourth graders and their families could discover our wildlife, resources, and history for free. Our country is full of dazzling landscapes where you can play and learn. They protect our wildlife and resources. They let us look into the past and protect our history. Keeping them public supports a healthy planet. Partnering agencies: National Park Foundation National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friends of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Education Service Center Region 4 Healthy Tweaks LLC Texas Parks and Wildlife Department U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Bayou Partnership Texas Children in Nature Katy Prairie Conservancy Texas A&M Forest Service Houston Parks and Recreation Department Galveston Bay Foundation Harris County Precinct 1 Houston Arboretum and Nature Logo Houston Tomorrow Houston Zoo Houston Rebuilding Together Student Conservation Association Citizens Environmental Coalition City of Houston City of Houston: Education Water Works Center Greens Bayou Coalition U.S. Bureau of Land Management U.S. Bureau of Reclamation National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Mission: The National Park Foundation's Open OutDoors for Kids creates pathways for kids to enjoy, understand and connect with nature in exciting ways by facilitating outdoor activity, experiential learning, and cultural heritage exercises.(Previously known as the Every Kid in a Park program)

Explore Nature
04/27/2019
Explore Nature

Explore Nature

Got plans for the weekend? Why not do a welfare check on a friend and take them out to #FindYourPark?
#NationalParkWeek #FriendshipFriday #FridayFeeling

Please join us on October 31!
10/23/2018
Cities Connecting Children to Nature- Houston Stakeholder Meeting

Please join us on October 31!

CHILDREN THRIVE WHEN THEY LIVE, LEARN, AND PLAY IN NATURE Research clearly indicates that when children learn and play in nature, they are healthier, both mentally and physically; perform better in school; become better problem solvers; have higher self-esteem and self-confidence; and are more creat

Champions for our Children: Please enjoy the latest newsletter from The Children in Nature Network. https://mailchi.mp/c...
08/03/2018
Celebrate a Summer of Nature!

Champions for our Children: Please enjoy the latest newsletter from The Children in Nature Network. https://mailchi.mp/childrenandnature/cnn-celebrates-screen-free-week-129033?e=d319146834

"In urban neighborhoods, take your day packs, water and digital cameras and go look for nature. You’ll find it, even if it’s in an abandoned alley or in the grass along a sidewalk. Look for urban wildlife; there’s more out there than you think." Urban hikes and 11 other ideas from Richard Louv...

07/06/2018
Middle Ground

In loving memory of Bryn Hutchinson, a 17-year old Canadian who's passion for music and caring for our Earth was cut short on this day two years ago. Forever blessed that he came to Texas just months before his passing to raise awareness of our amazing eco-systems and the work we are doing here to protect endangered bird species and their habitat. In his memory, please enjoy his film: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lmEj6wc3dbs&feature=youtu.be

This documentary was created by a 17-year-old Canadian student who was passionate about nature and birds. He travelled to Texas in the winter of 2015 and spe...

06/01/2018
National Park Service Youth Programs

National Park Service Youth Programs

We are excited to announce 19 national recreation trails in 17 states, adding more than 370 miles to the national recreation trails system of more than 1,000 trails in all 50 states.

Our network of national trails provides easily accessible places to exercise and connect with nature in both urban and rural areas while boosting tourism and supporting economic opportunities across the country.

On Saturday, June 2, hundreds of organized activities are planned as part of National Trails Day, including hikes, educational programs, bike rides, trail rehabilitation projects, festivals, paddle trips, and trail dedications. Trails of the National Recreation Trails system range from less than a mile to 485 miles in length and have been designated on federal, state, municipal and privately owned lands.

The National Recreation Trails Program is jointly administered by the National Park Service and the U.S. Forest Service, in conjunction with a number of Federal and not-for-profit partners, notably American Trails, which hosts the National Recreation Trails website.

CALIFORNIA
Mt. Umunhum Trail

The Mt. Umunhum Trail offers 3.7 miles of moderate terrain to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians as it passes through chaparral, pine and oak woodlands, over the headwaters of Guadalupe Creek, and climbs to one of the few publicly accessible peaks in the Bay Area. Views reveal the valley below, ridgelines, and nearby peaks. The trail emerges near the rocky summit where rare plants, lizards, birds, butterflies, and 360-degree vistas can be seen.

FLORIDA
Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park Trail System

In the City of Jacksonville’s Kathryn Abbey Hanna Park, 20.85 miles of hiking and biking trails provide a variety of experiences for all skill levels: from easy hiking and biking on the 1.1-mile Service Road, to hiking the 6.0-mile Wellness Trail, to biking the very difficult 3.9-mile off-road Z-Trail. The trail system provides access to the shoreline, the extensive dune system, and maritime hammocks.

KANSAS
Fort Larned Historic Nature Trail

On the grounds of Fort Larned National Historic Site, this 1.1-mile loop trail highlights history and nature. Fort Larned is located on the historic Santa Fe Trail and on the Central Flyway, a major bird migration corridor. There are fifteen stops along the trail corresponding to detailed information in the trail guide. A variety of habitats provide opportunities to view numerous species of birds.

MASSACHUSETTS
Fort River Birding and Nature Trail

Designed and constructed through the teamwork of multiple youth, community, and Refuge partners, the 1.1-mile Fort River Birding and Nature Trail is located in Hadley at the Fort River Division of the Silvio O. Conte National Fish and Wildlife Refuge. The trail is universally accessible and functions as an outdoor visitor center, connecting people to nature by immersing them in diverse habitats from grasslands, riparian areas, and upland forests.

MICHIGAN
Iron Ore Heritage Trail

The Iron Ore Heritage Trail is a 47-mile, multi-use, year-round trail that connects the sites and stories of the Marquette Iron Range, a significant historical area where iron mines operated to serve the country during the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, World War I, and World War II. The rail-trail connects Marquette to Republic in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan.

North Western State Trail

The 32 miles of the North Western State Trail connect the resort communities of Petoskey, Harbor Springs, Alanson, Pellston, and Mackinaw City in northern Michigan. Most of the universally accessible trail is located on the former Grand Rapids and Indiana line of the Pennsylvania Railroad. It is open year round to non-motorized users and to snowmobilers in winter.

MINNESOTA
Cannon Valley Trail

Paralleling the Cannon River, this 19.7-mile trail runs through diverse and spectacular scenery on a former Chicago Great Western Railroad line connecting the cities of Cannon Falls, Welch, and Red Wing in southeastern Minnesota. The trail is open in all seasons for bicycling, in-line skating, skateboarding, hiking, walking, and cross-country skiing.

MISSOURI
Wilson's Creek Greenway

The 5-mile Wilson’s Creek Greenway is the newest extension of a growing urban trail network in Springfield that is powered by a long list of diverse partners. The trail is a vital connection between neighborhoods, schools, businesses, and shopping areas; it plays a role in boosting social interaction, community pride, and mental health. People of all ages and abilities can access the woods and pastureland of the Ozarks for active transportation, bicycling, walking, running, skating, and wheelchair use.

MONTANA
River's Edge Trail

The 53 miles of the River's Edge Trail in Great Falls is the perfect venue for biking, jogging, inline skating, running, and walking. Nineteen miles of fully accessible paved urban trails link many local parks and attractions along both sides of the scenic Missouri River. Connecting to the urban trails are over thirty miles of natural trails on the South Shore and North Shore for the best mountain biking and hiking in the region.

NEW MEXICO
Climax Canyon Nature Trail

This easy to moderate 3-mile, figure 8 loop trail overlooking downtown Raton is named after the now abandoned Climax Mine. Schools use the trail as a field trip location to teach students about ecology, biology, geology, and natural science. With its historic significance and fantastic views of mountains, mesas, and New Mexico's high plains, the trail is one of Raton’s outdoor recreation treasures.

NEW MEXICO AND TEXAS
Guadalupe Ridge Trail

Starting in Guadalupe Mountains National Park, 100 miles of trail traverses the rocky peaks of the highest point in Texas (Guadalupe Peak), Chihuahuan Desert terrain, mixed coniferous forests, riparian woodlands, and rocky canyons. The trail continues through the landscapes of the Lincoln National Forest. An optional loop includes Last Chance Canyon and the desert oasis of Sitting Bull Falls. The trail then crosses Carlsbad Caverns National Park and Bureau of Land Management property, with stunning views of the rugged Guadalupe Ridge. The trail ends in White’s City, New Mexico. The trail in places can include use by equestrian and stock, motorized vehicles, and bikes.

NEW YORK
Martin Van Buren Nature Trails

This 3.7-mile system of trails is on 70 acres of land across from the Martin Van Buren National Historic Site. The trails are ideal for hiking, walking, families, dog walkers, environmental education, and youth activities. Features include meadow, stream, marsh, forest, farm, rolling hills, and historic right of way.

PENNSYLVANIA
Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail

Named for a local conservationist, the Jim Mayer Riverswalk Trail is a 3.1-mile urban rail-trail on the east end of the City of Johnstown. The trail offers views of the Stonycreek River, abundant bird-life and wildflowers, picturesque Buttermilk Falls, and serenity within an urban setting. As part of the local vision to make recreational trail use more accessible in the Greater Johnstown area, the trail provides opportunities for wellness, enhanced recreational experiences, and connections to other trail systems.

SOUTH DAKOTA
Blackberry Trail

The Blackberry Trail is located entirely within Mount Rushmore National Memorial. This one-mile gravel trail connects with the Centennial Trail in the Black Elk Wilderness, a part of the Black Hills National Forest. Mainly used by equestrians as a spur trail to access Mount Rushmore, visitors have the opportunity to ride or hike in solitude, enjoying the trees, birds, and geology.

TENNESSEE
Bays Mountain Park Trail System

Rising above the City of Kingsport, Bays Mountain Park and Planetarium features roughly 40 miles of trails suitable for all levels of hiking and mountain biking expertise. From scenic, fun, single-track trails to old service roads leading to the ridgetop fire tower, 31 named trails provide a great escape to the natural world.

TEXAS
Salado Creek Greenway

The Salado Creek Greenway is a 15-mile scenic multi-use trail along Salado Creek within the northern part of the City of San Antonio. It has brought together people from all walks of life to share in health, recreation, wellness, and community. The trail connects the natural environment with the people who live near it and enhances the quality of recreation for the surrounding neighborhoods.

UTAH
Corona Arch

This trail on Bureau of Land Management land leads to Corona Arch’s impressive 140 by 105-foot opening and the adjacent Bow Tie Arch. Approximately 14 driving miles from Moab, the 1.5-mile out-and-back trail provides visitors with striking views of the Colorado River and a large slickrock canyon.

VERMONT
Wright’s Mountain Trails

This 7.2-mile network of paths and old logging roads provides recreational access to the forest land and wildlife habitat of Wright's Mountain, Bradford's highest peak. At the summit visitors enjoy a wonderful view in all seasons of the Waits River Valley. The pedestrian trails were constructed and are maintained by volunteers.

VIRGINIA
Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail

The Dahlgren Railroad Heritage Trail is a 15.7-mile converted rails-to-trail located in King George County. The beautiful corridor with its continuous gravel and stone dust surface serves walkers, runners, and bikers. The trail is an official part of the Potomac Heritage National Scenic Trail.

#NationalParkService #nationaltrails

National Park Trust
05/18/2018
National Park Trust

National Park Trust

Kids to Parks Day is this Saturday, May 19th! Join us in celebrating this national day of outdoor play at one of the 1,000 family-friendly events taking place across the country!

03/08/2018
All The Cups - by Jack

The Houston/Gulf Coast area is blessed to be home of amazing eco-systems allowing us to get out and play: bayous, prairies, hardwoods, piney woods, and our incredible Texas Gulf Coast. Please, please do your part to keeping our Earth healthy! Watch, share, and take your own, personal action to keep Houston, Texas, America, and our World beautiful: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LhlBSOlTYdQ

6 year old Jack narrates a short film about stormwater debris into Corpus Christi Bay, Texas, after a one inch rainfall event. His message, "please don't thr...

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Register now for this February 3 Workshop! Learn to share conservation with children: ...
01/25/2018
Project WILD Workshop — Texas Parks & Wildlife Department

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Register now for this February 3 Workshop! Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children.

Project WILD invites you to explore and share the fascinating world of wildlife and ecosystems using fun, hands-on educational activities. You will experience engaging TEKS-aligned activities while networking with other educators. For more, see: https://tpwd.texas.gov/calendar/education/project-wild-workshop-33

REGISTRATION DEADLINE EXTENDED! - Register now! Learn to share conservation with children: Professional Development for anyone who works with children

Welcome to 2018! We want to remind all 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-Area Title 1 School: Funds are available to reimbur...
01/17/2018
Every Kid in a Park

Welcome to 2018! We want to remind all 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-Area Title 1 School: Funds are available to reimburse transportation costs to take your students on field trips to one of our amazing Houston-area outdoor spaces. We anticipate many field trips locations will book fast, so schedule your class field trip soon! For information on finding a park and scheduling your TEKS-correlated field trip, visit: http://www.hereinhouston.org/ekiphouston

What is the Every Kid in a Park Program - Houston (EKIP Houston)? The EKIP Houston program reimburses transportation funds for field trips taken by Title I, 4th classes to our amazing Greater Houston Area outdoor spaces. Houston EKIP collaborates with national, state, and local organizations who.....

REMINDER 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-Area Title 1 School: Funds are available to reimburse transportation costs to tak...
09/21/2017
Every Kid in a Park

REMINDER 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-Area Title 1 School: Funds are available to reimburse transportation costs to take your students on field trips to one of our amazing Houston-area outdoor spaces. We anticipate many field trips locations will book fast, so schedule your class field trip soon! For information on finding a park and scheduling your TEKS-correlated field trip, visit: http://www.hereinhouston.org/ekiphouston

What is the Every Kid in a Park Program - Houston (EKIP Houston)? The EKIP Houston program reimburses transportation funds for field trips taken by Title I, 4th classes to our amazing Greater Houston Area outdoor spaces. Houston EKIP collaborates with national, state, and local organizations who p...

Attention 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-area Title 1 School:  Funds are once again available to reimburse transportation...
08/22/2017
Every Kid in a Park

Attention 4th Grade Teachers at Houston-area Title 1 School: Funds are once again available to reimburse transportation costs to take your students on field trips to one of our amazing Houston-Area Outdoor Spaces. For more information on how to start booking your field trip today, check out EKIP Houston: http://www.hereinhouston.org/ekiphouston

What is the Every Kid in a Park Program - Houston (EKIP Houston)? The EKIP Houston program reimburses transportation funds for field trips taken by Title I, 4th classes to our amazing Greater Houston Area outdoor spaces. Houston EKIP collaborates with over 35 national, state, and local organizatio...

Attention 4th Grade Teachers in Region 4 ESC Title 1 Schools!  Funds are available to cover transportation costs to take...
02/22/2017
Every Kid in a Park

Attention 4th Grade Teachers in Region 4 ESC Title 1 Schools! Funds are available to cover transportation costs to take your students on field trips to our fabulous Houston-area outdoor spaces. See: http://www.hereinhouston.org/ekiphouston

The National Park Foundation has awarded Houston a $150,000 grant, to provide field trip transportation funds for 4th grade classes from Title I schools in the Houston area, during the 2016-2017 academic school year. The Houston EKIP program collaborates with over 37 national, state and local partne...

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What is the Open OutDoors for Kids Program - Houston (Formerly EKIP Houston)? The Houston OOK program reimburses transportation funds for field trips taken by Title I, 4th classes to our amazing Greater Houston Area outdoor spaces. Houston OOK collaborates with over 37 national, state, and local organizations who provide a variety of curriculum-based natural, cultural, and historical field trips correlated with Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). These transportation funds are made available through a grant from the National Park Foundation. 37 local, state, and federal land management and nature center partners in the Houston Gulf Coast area have come together to facilitate this effort. These partners have sites, staff, and TEKS curriculum-based field trips available now that cover subjects from nature and science, to language arts, history and culture. Partnering agencies: National Park Foundation National Park Service U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Friends of Brazoria National Wildlife Refuge Education Service Center Region 4 Healthy Tweaks LLC Texas Parks and Wildlife Department U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Buffalo Bayou Partnership Texas Children in Nature Katy Prairie Conservancy Texas A&M Forest Service Houston Parks and Recreation Department Galveston Bay Foundation Harris County Precinct 1 Houston Arboretum and Nature Logo Houston Tomorrow Houston Zoo Houston Rebuilding Together Student Conservation Association Citizens Environmental Coalition City of Houston City of Houston: Education Water Works Center Greens Bayou Coalition U.S. Bureau of Land Management U.S. Bureau of Reclamation National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

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Texas Wildlife & Woodland Expo "AKA" Smokey Bear's 75th Birthday Celebration!
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