The Grow Your Park program provides innovative opportunities for youth to actively participate in their communities, connect with nature, learn about healthy living, and have tangible results of their efforts
(PRWEB) April 27, 2011
The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) has awarded $100,000 in grants to ten park and recreation agencies in the Midwest to support community gardening programs for disadvantaged youth through the association’s Grow Your Park program. The grants were made possible through a gift from the J.R. Albert Foundation.
NRPA’s Grow Your Park program—now in its second year—supports the creation and expansion of community garden programs with a goal of increasing participation among children and teens. The program aims to engage youth with their local surroundings and provide intergenerational connections, while teaching food origin, proper nutrition, team work, and hands-on skills.
Grants in the amount of $10,000 were awarded to the following agencies for 2011:
Iowa City Parks and Recreation – Iowa City, Iowa
Evanston Parks, Recreation and Community Services – Evanston, Ill.
Pekin Park District – Pekin, Ill.
Peoria Park District – Peoria, Ill.
Rockford Park District – Rockford, Ill.
Lansing Parks and Recreation – Lansing, Mich.
Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board – Minneapolis, Minn.
Lincoln Parks and Recreation – Lincoln, Neb.
Omaha Parks, Recreation and Public Property – Omaha, Neb.
Five Rivers MetroParks – Dayton, Ohio
“The Grow Your Park program provides innovative opportunities for youth to actively participate in their communities, connect with nature, learn about healthy living, and have tangible results of their efforts,” said Barbara Tulipane, CEO of NRPA. “We thank the J.R. Albert Foundation for its valuable support, and commend our 2011 grant recipients for their contributions to the development of the young people in their communities.”
“The J.R. Albert Foundation is pleased to partner with NRPA in their efforts to get America’s children out into the gardens,” said Trish Robb, executive director for the J.R. Albert Foundation. “Through our partnership, kids in ten new places will have fun learning the value of healthy food—where it comes from, how it grows, and why it should be a part of their lives.”
To learn more about Grow Your Park, contact Jimmy O’Connor at email@example.com.
The National Recreation and Park Association is a national not-for-profit organization dedicated to advancing park, recreation and conservation efforts that enhance quality of life for all people. Through its network of 20,000 recreation and park professionals and citizens, NRPA encourages the promotion of healthy lifestyles, recreation initiatives, and conservation of natural and cultural resources. For more information, visit http://www.NRPA.org. For digital access to NRPA’s flagship publication, Parks & Recreation, visit http://www.parksandrec-magazine.org.
The J.R. Albert Foundation funds research and programs supporting nutrition, fitness and health education, particularly in disadvantaged populations. The foundation supports scientific and behavioral research related to nutrition and obesity, local sustainable agriculture efforts as a means of increasing access to healthy foods and hands-on community health education programs. For more information about the J.R. Albert Foundation, visit http://www.jralbertfoundation.org.
National Recreation and Park Association
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