Jun 19, 2011 1:57 PM by AP Posted by James H Egbert
Florissant, CO (AP) - The National Park Foundation announced today that it is proud to award Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument a grant to support the launch of the Post to Parks Program, its new innovative project that helps connect and engage military families and youth with our nation's national park areas. The grant is part of the National Park Foundation's America's Best Idea, a nationwide program which connects underserved and under-engaged populations throughout the United States with their national parks in innovative and meaningful ways.
"It is an honor to receive this grant because it demonstrates that the Post to Parks program is considered an important and innovate project amongst all the projects throughout the national park system said Keith Payne, Monument Superintendent. "With this project we will be able to reach out to audiences that we have never reached before. Military youth and families, due to the stresses they face, certainly deserve to receive the physical and emotional benefits that come from a day hiking and experiencing a national park."
The Post to Parks Program was started in 2009 by Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument. It is an outreach initiative that has, to this date, reached out to the United States Air Force Academy, Peterson and Schriever Air Force bases, and Fort Carson. The current grant money will be used to help engage teens in learning about trail work and stewardship of our public lands. In addition, the grant will used to help bring up nearly 30 military families for an overnight adventure in the mountains at Florissant Fossil Beds and the Sanborn Western Camps.
"We must create opportunities for all Americans to have access to and enjoy their national parks," said Neil Mulholland, President and CEO of the National Park Foundation. "With these grants we're connecting more and more people to the parks, while building and strengthening long-lasting support, appreciation and commitment to protecting ‘America's Best Idea'."
Inspired by the epic Ken Burns documentary The National Parks: America's Best Idea, the National Park Foundation, in partnership with Lowe's Charitable and Educational Foundation, the Anschutz Foundation and the Ahmanson Foundation, awarded America's Best Idea grants to 19 national parks across the country.