The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey and Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) Commissioner Gladys Carrión announced a partnership to encourage foster families to get outdoors this summer and enjoy New York’s treasured park system.
According to a press release the state parks and OCFS, with support from The North Face and its national Explore Your Parks program, are offering overnight camping experiences to 135 foster families who are new to camping or looking to re-connect with nature. Families who registered will be participating from July through September at campgrounds across the state.
This camping program provided gift cards for a free two-night stay at a state park campground of the families’ choosing. Many of the parks participate in the Camper Assistance Program with volunteers on hand at various points throughout the season to welcome new campers and enrich their visitor experience. Foster families from throughout the state were offered the opportunity to participate on a first come/first serve basis.
Along with the gift card and reservation information, participating foster families will receive from state parks a special camping experience package with Camping 101 tips, a knapsack, a keepsake, and customized information about outdoor programs, trail maps, events and family-friendly activities. Participants who share their fun camping photos or memories will also have the chance to win a full North Face camping equipment package, including a six-person tent, sleeping bags, camping chairs, cook stove and other outdoor accessories, all compliments of the company.
“Through this joint effort, we hope to instill a love of the outdoors and a connection to nature for more New York families. Together we look forward to sharing this passion and supporting an outdoor legacy that can be passed down from generation to generation,” said State Parks Commissioner Rose Harvey.