PA Parks & Forests Foundation Kicks Off Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 30, 2014 (Camp Hill, PA)–The Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation (PPFF) today invited Pennsylvanians to join its sixth annual Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge (GPOC). The GPOC encourages participants to seek adventure, achieve better fitness, try healthier eating or a new outdoor pursuit, or just commit to simple enjoyment of Pennsylvania’s state parks and forests. “Participants can meet challenges on their own or as a group–the idea is to get out there and see what you can accomplish,” PPFF President Marci Mowery said. “The GPOC is designed to be fun for individuals of all ages and abilities, as well as families. It’s a great way to learn more about your state parks and forests. Our goal is to support and motivate Pennsylvanians to get out and get moving.” The Challenge runs from May 9 to October 24, but participants can join at any time. It’s free to join–registrants receive a copy of the Get Movin' PA brochure to track their progress and a weekly email with tips and ideas on how to succeed, fun places to go and things to do. Although there’s no cost to participate, a copy of the Pennsylvania State Parks and State Forests Passport is a great companion to the Challenge. “The Passport also is a terrific guide to our state parks and forests and their assets and features,” Mowery said. The interactive website, theGPOC.org, includes information about the weekly themes, a statewide events calendar, and a forum to connect with other participants and share photographs. Challengers can also win prizes for participating, including gift cards, fitness equipment, caps, T-shirts and other items. Pennsylvanians can register for the Challenge at theGPOC.org. About the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation Founded in 1999, the Pennsylvania Parks and Forests Foundation supports 120 state parks and 2.2 million acres of forest by coordinating volunteers, activities and donations through its 36 chapters. The mission of the foundation is to promote and support the natural and cultural resources of Pennsylvania's state parks and forests through leadership in recreation, education, conservation and volunteerism. The Great Pennsylvania Outdoor Challenge Calendar May 9-15: Flora and Fauna May 16-22: Bike WeekMay 23-29: Respect Our Natural WorldMay 30-June 5: Wild and Natural AreasJune 6-12: Boots on the GroundJune 13-19: Goddard ConnectionJune 20-26: Water Rushing ByJune 27-July 3: Kid-Sized AmusementsJuly 4-10: ReunionsJuly 11-17: Wet and WildJuly 18-24: Eating and ContemplatingJuly 25-31: Disc GolfAugust 1-7: Wiggle Your ToesAugust 8-14: The Outdoors is for EveryoneAugust 15-21: The Civilian Conservation CorpsAugust 22-28: Ride with the WindAugust 29-September 4: Environmental EducationSeptember 5-11: Try Something NewSeptember 12-18: Scenes from HistorySeptember 19-25: Big Trees & Special StandsSeptember 26-October 2: Green FitnessOctober 3-9: Get Outdoors for the Health of itOctober 10-16: Marvels of NatureOctober 17-23: Attitude of Gratitude Contact:Marci J. Mowery, PresidentPennsylvania Parks and Forests [email protected]

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