July is National Parks and Recreation Month. To help celebrate Loudoun County Parks, Recreation and Community Services (PRCS) is announcing Passport to the Parks- connecting residents to our parks and nature preserve.
Throughout the month of July, Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve, Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park, Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, and Claude Moore Park will host programs allowing residents to discover and explore the county’s unique natural habitats, wetlands, and waterways.
Participants in Passport to the Parks will receive a stamp on their Passport when they visit the Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park Nature Center or the park’s Administration Office, the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, the Claude Moore Park Visitors Center, and the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Visitor Center.
The first 100 participants to complete one of two Passport to the Parks tiers will win a prize. Participants can complete the Loudoun Parks Grand Slam by visiting all four participating parks to win a tier 1 prize pack. If participants attend at least six programs (no more than two in each park), they will win a tier 2 prize pack. If a participant cannot make it to a scheduled program at all the parks, there are plenty of other activities, such as hiking and fishing, at no cost that can also earn you a stamp in place of a program.
To receive your Passport, complete the registration form here. You may also pick up a Passport at the Hal and Berni Hanson Regional Park Nature Center or the park’s Administration Office, the Franklin Park Performing and Visual Arts Center, the Claude Moore Park Visitors Center, or the Banshee Reeks Nature Preserve Visitor Center.
Since 1985, people in the United States have celebrated Park and Recreation Month in July to promote building strong, vibrant, and resilient communities through the power of parks and recreation and to recognize the hundreds of thousands of park and recreation professionals and volunteers that maintain our country’s local, state and community parks. This year's theme — “Where Community Grows” — celebrates the vital role park and recreation professionals play in bringing people together, providing essential services, and fostering the growth of our communities.
For more information about Passport to the Parks, visit loudoun.gov/PassportToTheParks.