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Hike & Seek What You’re Missing


National Wildlife Federation (NWF), America’s largest conservation organization, is proud to announce the fifth annual Hike & Seek cities taking place around the country this fall.  Hike & Seek is a cross between a scavenger hunt and nature walk with live wildlife encounters, nature activities and fun interactive stations along the trail. The fifth annual 2014 Hike & Seek will be held in the following cities this fall: 9.20.14            Denver , CO               South Platte Park (Littleton) 9.20.14            Minneapolis, MN        Lebanon Hills … Continue reading

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Four More Information, WAHC Announces Speakers

Colorado Springs, Colorado — World Aquatic Health Conference (WAHC) organizers announce four exceptional keynote talks that will provide insights on the unknown benefits of aquatics to the populations we serve. Non-profit National Swimming Pool Foundation (NSPF) hosts the eleventh annual WAHC, which is slated for October 8-10 at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Portland, Oregon. Patty Chang Anker, noted author of SOME NERVE: Lessons Learned While Becoming Brave, an Oprah booklist selection, will inspire attendees with her Keynote address “Diving In: Discovering joy … Continue reading

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A Beneficial Relationship

Photo: © Can Stock Photo Inc. / Kurhan

In January 2000, the Lower Paxton Township Parks and Recreation Department (Harrisburg, Penn.), completed construction of a 59,000-square-foot recreation facility called The Friendship Center, to house the community’s numerous activities. The facility was a dream-come-true for many members.  The opening of the facility was spectacular! Everyone from families to senior citizens purchased memberships, and within the first 3 months we exceeded our first-year goal. There were programs to accommodate everyone: fitness, aquatics, gymnasium activities, aerobics, classes targeting preschoolers, etc.  However, … Continue reading

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Kay Park Reflects On 60 Years          In the 1950s, there was a national push to restore public parks for American families. During the World War II the previous decade, many manufacturing facilities had altered their plants to facilitate the ‘war effort.’ There were few places making equipment for public parks.  In 1954, an entrepreneur named Keith Borglum heard from his brother that the city of Cedar Falls, Iowa was looking for someone to fabricate steel charcoal grills for public parks. … Continue reading

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Making Camp Sticky

Photos Courtesy Of Gary Forster

When summer-camp sessions end, most directors make the mistake of thinking their job is complete. They brag about how summer camp makes lifelong memories and has a positive impact on kids when they return home. But all of the responsibility for that happening is put on the campers.   Even when kids have a great time at camp, their parents often don’t know how to talk to them about it. Parents ask the wrong questions, receive short answers, and eventually give … Continue reading

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