Girl Scouts Love State Parks




Division of State Parks  Indiana Department of Natural Resources
402 W. Washington St.Indianapolis, IN 46204-2748 
For immediate release: June 17, 2019 

Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend is July 13-14

The National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) and the Girl Scouts of America (GSUSA) will partner for the inaugural Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend on July 13 and 14.

The weekend is designed to help thousands of girls across the United States explore nature, find adventure and learn what Girl Scouts is all about. Indiana State Parks will offer many options across the state to participate.

GSUSA is committed to developing a passion for outdoor adventure, healthy risk-taking, education and environmental conservation. During this weekend, they will host a variety of events at different state parks nationwide, where girls will be able to explore the outdoors, work on badges and projects or do many other activities.

Janet Holcomb, Indiana’s First Lady was a Girl Scout and supports the GSUSA and the new weekend promotion.

“I’m always eager for any opportunity to go outside and enjoy nature, especially in Indiana’s outstanding state parks, where you can hike, bike, fish, paddle, gather around a campfire, and more,” Holcomb said. “The Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend is a terrific way for our state’s future leaders to foster a deep appreciation of the outdoors.”

Hosting events in Indiana are:July 13
• Fort Harrison State Park: Bug Badge at 10 a.m.
• Turkey Run State Park: Geology Hike through Rocky Hollow (water permitting) at 10 a.m.
• Ouabache State Park: Bison Feeding at 10 a.m. 
• Chain O’Lakes State Park: Slime Time: Animals Who Use/Make Slime to Survive at 5 p.m. 
• McCormick’s Creek State Park: Wildlife of McCormick’s from 1-4 p.m. (presentation, hike, cave exploration, and invasive pull).
• Potato Creek State Park: Birding at Potato Creek at 2 p.m.
• Indiana Dunes State Park: Full Moon Hike at 7:30 p.m. (presentation, then hike).
• Lincoln State Park: Abe’s Neighborhood Walk and cornhusk dolls at noon.
• Patoka Lake : Archery Lessons at 10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2:15 p.m. (space is limited at each lesson.)
July 14
• Lincoln State Park:  Abe’s Neighborhood Walk and cornhusk dolls at noon.
• Salamonie Lake: Live Raptors at 1 p.m.
All events are local time, and are open to all Girl Scouts. Some are open to families and friends, too. Exclusive Girl Scouts Love State Parks patches and merchandise will be available for participants at the Girl Scout Shop and participating council stores.

Registration is required through Indiana’s regional Girl Scout councils for all of these events. Links to council events pages are as follows:
Northern Indiana-Michiana: girlscoutsnorthernindiana-michiana.org/en/events/event-list.html
Central Indiana: girlscoutsindiana.org/en/events/girl-scouts-love-state-parks.html
Southwest Indiana: hgirlscouts-gssi.org/en/events/event-list.html 

Learn more about these Indiana events at calendar.dnr.IN.gov. More about the national event and GSUSA is at girlscouts.org. To see all dnr news releases, go to dnr.IN.gov.-30-
Media contact: Ginger Murphy, Deputy Director, Indiana State Parks, 317-232-4143, gmurphy@dnr.IN.gov

 

Girl Scouts – US and most of the state park systems have special events scheduled this
summer

Gold Medal Finalists; State Park Videos

The Gold Medal Awards for Excellence in Parks and Recreation are presented by the American Academy for Park and Recreation Administration in partnership with the National Recreation and Park Association, and proudly sponsored by Musco Lighting.

The Gold Medal Award honors communities throughout the United States that demonstrate excellence in long-range planning, resource management, and agency recognition. Awards are presented each year; the awards for the state park systems are presented biennially.

All the finalists for 2019, which includes state parks this year, plus more details may be found here. Congratulations to Florida, Maryland, Tennessee and Washington on being the state park systems finalists! The grand awards will be presented live at the opening session of the NRPA Conference in Baltimore on Tuesday, September 24.

Videos about their park system are included in the submissions as a part of their Gold Medal application. Click on the state for the video about their state park system:

Florida

Maryland

Tennessee

Washington

Congratulations to each for the quality park services they provide!

More info on AAPRA: American Academy for Parks and Recreation Administration

Proclamations: June is Great Outdoors Month

More than half of the states have already proclaimed June 2019 Great Outdoors Month!  Since 2008, Governors from across the country have joined the President in proclaiming this month-long celebration of America’s great outdoors.  Click here for images and PDF versions of each proclamation.

How We Pay to Play: Funding Outdoor Recreation on Public Lands in the 21st Century

DOWNLOAD THE FULL REPORT

The recreational demands of the 21st century are bringing new challenges for public land management. This PERC Public Lands Report examines some of the primary sources of funding for outdoor recreation-related opportunities on public lands, aiming to be informative rather than claiming to be exhaustive or comprehensive. It demonstrates that by many measures, inflation-adjusted recreation-related funding is stagnant or declining despite increased attention on and demand for outdoor recreation. 

As public lands that provide outdoor recreation opportunities grow in importance, it’s worthwhile to examine how we fund and maintain those lands. Adequate funding will not in and of itself guarantee responsible stewardship of our public recreation lands. But recent trends suggest that many sources of recreation funds have either stagnated or declined in real terms, even as visitation has been increasing over the long term. An assessment of recreation-related funding sources and their trends can provide insights about different funding strategies and, ideally, help inform and improve the future of recreation on public lands.

Job Opportunities – MN – Parks Management Positions

Minnesota’s State Parks and Trails management team is looking for a few good managers!  Our Division Leadership Team seats our regional managers on a level playing field with our section managers. Our big, beautiful system includes 75 state parks and recreation areas; 1,500 public water accesses; 25 state trails/35 water trails; and tens-of-thousands of miles of system and grant-in-aid snowmobile, cross-country ski and off-highway vehicle trails.  We are looking for managers who are innovators, creative problem solvers, skilled operational supervisors, and multi-culturally competent.

Please note that the closing date is June 26, and we are asking for 3, 300-word write-ups on key aspects of the regional manager positions. If you have any questions, please contact Deputy Director Phil Leversedge at phil.leversedge@state.mn.us.

Click here to go to the Minnesota careers website. Or, click on the position number below to go directly to a particular posting.

Parks & Trails Central Region Manager – 33077

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: St. Paul | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

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Parks & Trails Northwest Region Manager – 33179

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: Bemidji | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

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Parks & Trails Southern Region Manager – 33163

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: New Ulm | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

Assistant Regional Manager- State Prog Admin Manager – 33131

Agency: Natural Resources Dept | Location: St. Paul | Job Family: Management Careers | Posted Date: 05/30/2019

 

Trails Are Life … Arkansas State Parks

 

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“These trails mean life to me, physically and mentally,” hiker Jerry Brown says. We feel the same way. Yes, a lot of thought goes into building and maintaining trails but it’s really about how they breathe life back into you; that is the magic. And that’s our focus at Arkansas State Parks. #ARStateParks

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President to Sign LWCF Bill

Kellie Lunney, E&E News reporterPublished: Tuesday, March 12, 2019

President Trump’s fiscal 2020 budget recommends essentially zeroing out the beloved Land and Water Conservation Fund — a program that he will permanently reauthorize today in a much-anticipated White House signing ceremony for the broad public lands package.

The budget request would provide roughly $8 million in new funding to the federal portion of LWCF, but it also recommends a $31 million rescission from already appropriated funds.

That translates into a proposed clawback of about $23.45 million, which ultimately means a less-than-zero administration proposal for the 54-year-old land and water conservation program in fiscal 2020.

The omnibus spending bill that Trump signed into law last month gave LWCF $435 million for fiscal 2019.

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Job Opportunity – MI – Departmental Analyst, Recreation Trail Specialist

Job Description

Position is responsible for coordination of recreation trails programs such as Snowmobile, ORV, Rail Trails, Equestrian Trails, Pathways and other trail programs that are administered by Parks and Recreation Division. The person will coordinate the implementation and operation of these programs over large geographical area to include the entire Cadillac District and various adjacent counties. This position will work cooperatively with local units of government, user groups, as well as other agencies on PRD related trail issues. This position will need to have an understanding of GIS and other computer based programs and be able to handle several county land reviews as it relates to the impact on state designated trails.

More Details ..

 

VT – Stone Hut on Mt. Mansfield Set to Re-open December 1, 2016

OCT 19, 2016

Lottery, with some changes, to be held November 16th

Near the top of Mount Mansfield, reconstruction of the historic Stone Hut is nearing completion. Barring any last minute construction issues, the Hut will be open to overnight guests again starting December 1, 2016.

The hut was closed to visitors after a fire on Christmas Eve, 2015, destroyed most of the building.

Through the efforts of the Department of Forests, Parks & Recreation (FPR), and funding received through Vermont Parks Forever, the non-profit foundation supporting the parks, rebuilding the Stone Hut was fast-tracked so that visitors would be able to return this season.

“We are so grateful for the incredible outpouring of support,” said Michael Snyder, the commissioner of FPR. “Everywhere I went people would tell me about their special Stone Hut experiences. Then they would offer to help in any way they could, either by donating supplies or labor, or offering financial support. It was amazing – and a testament to its importance in peoples’ lives.”

Construction began on the new Stone Hut mid-summer and is expected to be completed by November 1. “The structure wasn’t a total loss. The original stones were salvaged and used in the new building. We worked closely with historic preservation and our architect to re-create the hut as close to the original as possible, while incorporating new upgrades to meet new code and safety standards,” said Susan Bulmer, Parks Regional Manager.

Reservations for the Stone Hut are assigned by lottery and reservation requests are being accepted now through November 14. There will be two rounds of lottery:  the first for only those individuals who had confirmed reservations for last season but were unable to use them due to the fire. After those have been processed, then the regular lottery will be held. New this year, is that there will no longer be preference given to those requesting the longest stays. All requests will be considered equally and selected at random. After the second-round lottery, any remaining nights can be reserved on a first-come/first-served basis via telephone.

More information about the Stone Hut, including detailed reservation procedures can be found at www.vtstateparks.com