#DiscoverJuly: National Parks & Recreation Month 2018

Did you know that July is National Parks & Recreation Month?  We didn’t!  We recently discovered that the National Recreation & Park Association created this month to encourage the public to get out there and explore and discover what local parks, recreation sites, and historic sites have to offer the community.

“ This July, explore everything your local parks and recreation has to offer! Playgrounds, rec centers, sports leagues, summer camps — these are just a few of the things that come to mind when we think of parks and rec. But, parks and recreation is so much more than that. During Park and Recreation Month, NRPA challenges you to explore the “undiscovered” roles of local parks and recreation, like science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming; senior programs; innovative health and wellness opportunities; community celebrations; outdoor education; flood mitigation; maintenance; and more! Redefine how you think about your local parks and rec, and uncover a lifetime of discovery!”

While we are nearing the end of the month, we still have one more week and now is as great a time as any to get out there and explore with the kids before school starts back up at your local state park, recreation area, or historic site.  There are several ways you can celebrate!

2018 Parks & Recreation Month Activity Book  If it’s too hot outside at the moment to head to the park?  No worries… get them started inside at home with this neat activity book provided by the NRPA.  It’s a free download and has lots of good activities for learning about the outdoors in your region!

#DiscoverJuly – Check out this hashtag across social media or check out the NRPA Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter pages for neat information and updates on what is going on around your community and region!

#NRPADiscoveryChallenge What is really cool is that the NRPA has a really cool photo contest going on RIGHT NOW! From now until July 30th, 2018, you can enter your photos via Instagram, Twitter, or on their site with the hashtag #NRPADiscoveryChallenge and be entered to win neat prizes, the grand prize being a GoPro!

This week’s challenge wants you to share pictures that lets them know… “What did you learn?

Show us something that you learned or lessons you took away from your discoveries to be eligible to win an Osprey Farpoint travel pack!


Take a photo in your local or park or recreation area — make sure it follows the weekly theme—this week’s is “What did you learn?”

Submit via Twitter or Instagram using #NRPADiscoveryChallenge or on the submission site.

The winner will be chosen by a panel of esteemed judges. The photo that best demonstrates the theme will be dubbed the winner! NRPA will reach out to award the prize. Winners will be chosen July 9, 16, 23 and 31.

At the end of the month, one winner will be chosen for the grand prize — a GoPro Hero5 action camera and 3-way mount! The grand prize winner will be selected and notified on August 1, 2018.

Sounds like a pretty cool contest, and I guess that means we need to go take a look and see what we have learned recently on our visits to local state parks and recreation sites!   It’s not too late to enter, so go check it out and enter, and be sure to check out all of the other photos from the contest!

What are you waiting for?  Go head out and #DISCOVERJULY with local parks and recreation!

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