The Florida Department of Environmental Protection has a program called Get REAL! (Recreational Environmental Adventures in Learning) that marries inner city youth programs and the Florida State Park system together, providing opportunities for kids to experience camping and the great outdoors – very cool!
“She kept saying you should come – it’s going to be fun,” Johnson said. “I was, like, no because of the mosquitoes and sleeping in the tent. But now that I’m here, I really like it.”
This is not only great because of the outdoor experience that it is providing to the kids, but it’s also a great use of state parks resources. More states should look at what Florida is doing, here.
What a great program! Supports kids and the parks, can’t think of a better combo.
I agree, Shannon – what a great way for the state to get the most out of their park resources.