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Posted on: June 30, 2017

Dallas’ Outdoors Adventures Lets Urban Campers Explore Rustic Living

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Nearly 400 Dallas youth will explore the great outdoors this summer, thanks to a $50,000 Texas Park and Wildlife Community Outdoor Outreach Program grant. Dallas Park and Recreation is using the award to enhance its existing nature conservation program called Outdoor Adventures.

Six core activities are a part of the program: camping, geocaching, archery, fishing, mountain biking and nature photography. Activities are conducted at various Dallas parks including Kidd Springs, Bachman Lake, Kiest, Reverchon, and Fireside and Cedar Hill State Park.

The Community Outdoor Outreach Program Grant focuses on children who are physically/mentally disabled, low income, female, and/or a part of an ethnic minority.  Despite the emphasis on children from underserved communities, children who are not a part of these groups are still allowed to participate in the many adventures planned for the summer.  

Cedar Hill State Park is one of the program’s partners and last year, hosted  the Outdoor Adventures kickoff celebration. Subsequently, Cedar Hill State Park was the location of two overnight camping trips for the Outdoor Adventures program for 5-12 year olds in March and June 2017.

In addition to using the grant for core activities, Dallas has provided training to certify staff so they are able to assist participants. Certifications include the International Mountain Bicycling Association Ride Guide Certification, Master Outdoor Leadership Training, National Outdoor Leadership School Wilderness First Aid Certification, USA Archery Level 1 and 2 Certifications, Texas Park and Wildlife Certified Angler, and Texas Park and Wildlife Kayak Training.

The grant funds a two-year program, and once the tenure of the grant has expired, Dallas will be able to keep the equipment it has acquired to continue outdoor programming for Dallas residents of all ages.

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