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Maryland Partners with the North Face for Explore Your Parks Program

Annapolis, Md. (June 16, 2011) — The Maryland Park Service (MPS) has partnered with The North Face company for its annual Explore Your Parks program that encourages families to get outdoors and enjoy State Parks across the country.


“We’re proud to have The North Face as a partner as we encourage everyone to have a more active, healthy lifestyle, all the while creating stronger connections between people and the outdoors,” said MPS Superintendent Nita Settina. “Maryland’s State Parks provide endless opportunities for kids and their families to be active and connect with nature – hiking, climbing, running, biking, volunteering, camping, playing sports, paddling and everything else their imagination allows.”


As part of the program, Marylanders can receive a free day-pass to one of five participating Maryland State Parks with the purchase of The North Face products at local retailers. The stores will also carry free activity guides that provide information on things to do at the parks. Participating in Maryland are Gambrill, Greenbrier, Patapsco Valley, Sandy Point and Seneca Creek State Parks.


By providing families with information and opportunities about the open spaces near them, the MPS and The North Face are actively supporting Let’s Move Outside, the outdoor recreation component of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move campaign to end childhood obesity.


“Drawing attention to close-to-home outdoor opportunities for everyone — from children to seniors —  to get outside, get healthy, and have fun is at the core of the Let’s Move Outside,” said Robin Schepper, executive director of Let’s Move! “ Bringing families into the State Parks is not only enjoyable, but also helps build lasting lessons in fitness and the natural environment.”


In addition to the Explore Your Parks partnership, The North Face has provided the MPS with a $15,000 grant for soon-to-be completed cabin renovations at New Germany State Park.  To enhance the visitor’s experience, upgrades were made to increase comfort and improve interior design.  The MPS hopes this is just the first step in a line of donations and cabin upgrades.


“At The North Face, we’re committed to encouraging more people to get outdoors and we want to bring attention to the dozens of unique places to explore nature close to home within our treasured state parks system” said Todd Spaletto, president of The North Face. “Because last year was such a success, this year we’re expanding the Explore Your Parks program from one to seven cities to help maintain access to front country opportunities for even more people.”


To learn more, visit www.exploreyourparks.com.


   June 16, 2011

Contact: Josh Davidsburg
410-260-8002 office I 410-507-7526 cell
jdavidsburg@dnr.state.md.us

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages nearly a half-million acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 11 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov