Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Urban Every Kid in a Park Event Draws Virginia Governor & Member of Congress

Alexandria, VA– The Trust for the George Washington Memorial Parkway (Trust), will engage the next generation in an Every Kid in the Park event on Friday, September 23rd from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. 75 Lyles Crouch Elementary School 4th grade students will come to Jones Point Park to participate in a morning of fishing, boating, and conservation activities to connect them to their local parks and the Potomac River. The Trust’s STEM on the Potomac educational program will also bring TC Williams High School STEM Academy 11th grade students will join as mentors for the 4th grade students.

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, Congressman Don Beyer, Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward, and other elected officials will attend the event to support the goals of expanding opportunities for Northern Virginia students in support of the national goals to help engage the next generation of park visitors, conservationist, anglers, boaters, and creates meaningful connections to public lands and waters.

The STEM on the Potomac program inspires learning and creates deep connections between students and the parks through a series of park and river experience. The goal of the Trust for 2016-17 is to connect over 400 students in the educational program. “The Trust is grateful for the support of the George Washington Memorial Parkway, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Alexandria City Public Schools, National Park Foundation and DISNEY to help us to engage diverse communities of students in urban areas like Alexandria, VA. “It is critical to build a better understanding of stewardship using science on lands and the river for the next generation with positive experiences on the GWMP” said by Mari Lou Livingood, President of the Trust.

“Virginia’s parks are full of learning opportunities for people of all ages. This event offers students an important opportunity to get outside and see firsthand why science class really matters,” said Virginia Secretary of Natural Resources Molly Ward.