What’s a new year without resolutions, right? Maybe you've vowed to spend more time with your family and friends, get outside more, or just live a healthier lifestyle. Some you'll stick to, some...maybe not. Rest assured though, America’s State Parks alliance has something that will get your new year started off on the right foot!
January 1st marks America’s State Parks First Day Hikes. Designed to promote healthy lifestyles and recreation at state parks, this notion began over 20 years ago at the Blue Hills Reservation state park in Massachusetts. Since this launch, many other states have offered an outdoor recreation program on New Year’s Day. However, January 1st, 2012 will be an unique year for this event, as it is the first time all 50 state park systems have joined together to sponsor First Day Hikes.
With 41,725 miles of trails in over 6,000 of America’s State Parks, it's easy to find one near you.
STIHL Inc. is a proud sponsor of the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) annual conference, as well as the NASPD Leadership School. This association’s mission is to promote and advance the state park systems of America for their own significance, as well as for the parks contributions to the nation's environment, heritage, health and economy. America’s State Parks alliance, established by the NASPD, is dedicated to educating the public and policy makers on the positive impact state parks have on public health, as well as local economies.
Enjoy kicking off 2012 on the right foot and walking off 2011! Good luck with your new resolutions and tell your old habits to take a hike!
Tip: Check out Geocaching, a treasure hunting game that might pique your interest and have you back at state parks for more hikes!