News Release 13-059
Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission
1111 Israel Road S.W., P.O. Box 42650, Olympia, WA 98504-2650, (360) 902-8500
Don Hoch, Director
Virginia Painter: (360) 902-8562
Fred Lochner, America’s State Parks: (608) 356-7555
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Washington State Parks supports America’s State Parks Ambassador Program
Oct. 8, 2013 –
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission invites eligible young people to apply to the America’s State Parks Ambassador Program, a non-profit organization promoting the value and beauty of state park systems across the country.
Young adults between the ages of 16 and 28, who enjoy the outdoors and like to write, blog, take photos or videos and use social media are eligible to apply. Prizes of outdoor gear are being offered to new ambassadors as an incentive to join the movement. The recruitment effort for 2013 ends November 1.
Any eligible person who applies in October will receive a welcome gift ($10 value). In addition, people who are chosen to be ambassadors and who meet other criteria before Nov. 1 will be eligible for prizes with a starting value of $100. To be eligible for prizes, active ambassadors need to have fulfilled contest criteria by Nov. 1.
Different levels of prizes are available for those who fulfill eligibility requirements that include providing America’s State Parks with three blogs, recruiting at least three new ambassadors or entering a Creative Ambassador contest. For detailed information, prize qualifications and program application, visit online at www.AmericasStateParks.org/Recruit-Ambassadors.
National program sponsors include the Coca-Cola Foundation and Stihl, Inc. A Grand Prize is a Camden 106 Old Town Kayak and accessories, worth more than $1,000, courtesy of Johnson Outdoors, of Racine, WI.
The America’s State Parks Ambassador Program is a youth-led movement started in 2010 to promote and support our nation’s system of state parks, to encourage healthy active outdoor lifestyles, connect people to nature and increase public awareness about the value of nearly 8,000 “close to home” state parks all over the country.
The ambassador program is the flagship project of America’s State Parks, an alliance of public and private organizations established in 2009 to promote state park systems in all 50 states. Leadership and governance for America’s State Parks is provided by the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD), an association of state park directors from every state in the nation.
“The state park directors are united in promoting the incredible resources and the healthy opportunities that state parks offer to people,” said Don Hoch, Washington State Parks director. “Research shows us that even a short visit to nature promotes health, and we all want to do what we can to make sure that young people understand the benefits and get out and enjoy their parks. This program is another way to connect them with the outdoors.”
For more information about America’s State Parks Foundation, visit www.AmericasStateParks.org/Foundation.
Stay connected to your state parks by following Washington State Parks at www.facebook.com/WashingtonStateParks, www.twitter.com/WAStatePks, www.youtube.com/WashingtonStateParks and www.foursquare.com/WAStatePks. Share your favorite state park adventure on the State Parks’ blog site at www.AdventureAwaits.com.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission manages a diverse system of more than 100 state parks and recreation programs, including long-distance trails, boating safety and winter recreation. Washington State Parks turned 100 years old on March 19, 2013, and will celebrate with events in parks all over the state, all year long. For more information, visit www.parks.wa.gov/events/.
Support state parks by purchasing your annual Discover Pass today, and enjoy a whole year of outdoor fun on Washington’s beautiful state-managed recreation lands. For more information, visit www.discoverpass.wa.gov.