Colorado Springs Partners with Post to Parks

Did you know that before the creation of the National Parks Service in 1916, the US military protected national parks across the country? In recognition of this history, the Post to Parks program pairs up military families and youth with local conservation corps, helping them partner together to maintain and repair national parks. The goal of the program, in its own words, is to engage military families and young people “in the civic responsibility of caring for our parks… [the program] also seeks to provide military families and youth with the recreational, educational, and inspirational benefits provided in our nation’s parks.”

From July 22 – 26, Mile High Youth Corps – Colorado Springs’ own Peregrines crew will be working on a historical restoration project at the Florissant Fossil Beds. The crew will be restoring an historic old root cellar at the site. Youth from Fort Carson will be bused in daily to partner on the project, while the MHYC – CS crew will be camping for the week. We are proud to be a continuing part of this partnership, and look forward to the project!

More information about the Post to Parks program can be found at the links below:

http://www.nps.gov/flfo/forkids/post-to-parks.htm

http://www.corpsnetwork.org/2012-project-year-military-posts-park-program

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