Earn a Special Patch Exploring Nebraska State Parks
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Earn a Special Patch Exploring Nebraska State Parks


May the forest be with you! You’re invited to the epic, first-ever Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend July 13–14. Nebraska Girl Scouts will join thousands of girls in hundreds of state parks across the United States as they find adventure and explore nature.

In collaboration with the National Association of State Park Directors (NASPD) and Nebraska Game and Parks, Nebraska Girl Scouts will be able to participate in free programming July 13 at seven Nebraska state parks: Ponca State Park, Wildcat Hills State Recreation Area and Nature Center, Lake McConaughy State Recreation Area, Lewis and Clark State Recreation Area, Ft. Kearny, Ft. Atkinson, and the Venture Parks (Platte River State Park, Mahoney State Park, Schramm Education Center and Louisville State Recreation Area).

The free programming will be offered to up to 50 Girl Scouts at each participating state park July 13. Girl Scouts and troops can register for Girl Scouts Love State Parks events at GirlScoutsNebraska.org beginning June 3 at noon (Central Time).

Participants can purchase an exclusive Girl Scouts Love State Parks patch and other related merchandise from the Girl Scout Shop and Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska’s Juliette’s Boutiques.

“Getting girls outdoors to discover nature and challenge themselves to try new things are essential elements of the Girl Scout experience,” said Fran Marshall, Chief Executive Officer of Girl Scouts Spirit of Nebraska. “This partnership with our state parks allows even more girls access to the great outdoors and all it has to offer.”

Getting girls outdoors is an integral part of Girl Scouts’ leadership program. Studies show that 71 percent of girl members ages 8–14 tried their first outdoor activity through the organization and half would not have had access to outdoor activities and programming if not for Girl Scouts. Girl Scouts of the USA’s cutting-edge environmental conservation; camping; and outdoor science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programming is rooted in a passion for adventure and healthy risk-taking combined with taking action to protect the environment.

“GSUSA has always been a leader in getting girls outdoors, and we are excited to open our state parks specifically to the organization this July,” said Lewis Ledford, NASPD Chief Executive Officer. “Girls can flex their leadership and risk-taking skills while exploring the parks, learning something new and, most of all, having fun.”

Girl Scouts also can earn the patch by completing several outdoor adventures on their own or with their troop at a local state park. Use this activity sheet to join in the Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend fun!

Being outside makes Girl Scouts happy inside! So, come celebrate the outdoors Girl Scout style and discover the magic of nature and its wonders.