The Post to Parks program at Florissant Fossil Beds National Monument drew the attention of Colorado Senator Mark Udall July 27. Udall, chairman of the U.S. Senate National Parks Subcommittee, spoke to the kids about conservation as well as his work with students in Outward Bound, a program that connects youth to the outdoors.
“Our military has given a lot,” Udall said. “What is sometimes forgotten is what we ask of their families. I am proud to live in a state that provides programs like Post to Parks that not only connects Coloradans with our stunning public lands but also promotes healthier lifestyles.”
The Monument has the distinction of being the first national park to create the Post to Parks program, which was inspired by rangers Troy Fuhrman and Jeff Wolin. The program gives military members and their families the opportunity to become stewards of the national parks and other public lands
Sen. Udall encourages youth to get outdoors with his Kids to Parks initiative.