02/23/16

Outdoors in 2016!

Let’s celebrateNational Park Service (NPS) turns 100 on August 25, 2016! Screenshot_2016-02-23-22-22-47-1

 

What is National Park Service?

The National Park Service is an agency of the United States federal government that manages all U.S. national parks, many American national monuments, and other conservation and historical properties with various title designations.

What is their Mission?

The National Park Service preserves unimpaired natural and cultural resources and values of the National Park System for the enjoyment, education, and inspiration of this and future generations. The Park Service cooperates with partners to extend the benefits of natural and cultural resource conservation and outdoor recreation throughout this country and the world. NPS.

If you are looking for a park to explore it has never been easier, just head to Find a Park to start planning your adventure. Now go play OUTSIDE!! Hike. Explore. Discover. Laugh. Live.

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I love birthdays and why not celebrate every month with a new park or adventure. Thank you NPS for giving me an excuse to nuture my nature soul : )).

The year 2016 was going to be a great one for me. I received an invite by the Rivers, Trails & Conservation Assistance Program with NPS to a “Find Your Partner” table discussion.  Rivers & Trails as they also are known is a program of the NPS that works with community groups and local and state governments to conserve rivers, preserve open space and develop trails/greenways, Exciting! We engaged in conversation about outdoor recreation, natural resource protection and youth engagement.

The location was at McKinney Roughs Nature Park. I thought to myself, perfect! A new park for me to hike, any excuse for fun.

Located just 13 miles east of Austin-Bergstrom International Airport, McKinney Roughs is home to hundreds of plant and animal species living within the rolling box canyons, wildflower meadows and lazy river bends of the Texas Colorado River.

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McKinney Roughs is a day use park where visitors can explore close to 18 miles of trails by foot or 12 miles on horseback (bring your own horse). The park offers many community programs as well. At the Visitors Center, pay your entrance fee and get the latest trail information.

I only had enough time for about 4 miles but I made the most of it by making sure I saw the Colorado River, yay!

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