KIDS CARE GRANT STORY - KIDS IN PARKS

Duke teams up with community partners to open kid-friendly trails

Duke Children’s Primary Care in collaboration with Kids in Parks, Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ local fundraising, Durham City Parks, and the Blue Cross Blue Shield Foundation celebrated the opening and sponsoring of four new track trails in Durham in June. 

Kids in Parks connects kids to public lands through kid-friendly track trails that have fun, self-guided activities in which children can engage with nature and also earn prizes. Health care professionals can prescribe track trail adventures to their patients through the TrackRx program as a way to encourage healthy behaviors in children. 

Through a Kids Care Grant supported by Children’s Miracle Network Hospitals’ fundraising across central and southeastern North Carolina, Duke Children’s Primary Care was able to sponsor new trails located near their clinics, which will be accessible to the populations they serve. The four track trails are located in Rock Quarry Park, Whippoorwill Park, Bethesda Park, and Sandy Creek Park and feature bilingual (English and Spanish) trailhead kiosks and materials. When a child completes and registers an adventure on the Kids in Parks website, a prize is mailed directly to the child. The goal is to foster healthy behaviors and a love of the outdoors through the promotion of fun and safe parks in the local community. 

Click here to learn more about the park locations

Kids Care Grants

The Kids Care Grant has been a longstanding funding opportunity to support a wide array of pediatric-related ideas/needs. These small awards are intended to support patient and family needs, and provide entertainment and educational activities for the patients and families receiving care throughout all of the Duke Children’s inpatient and outpatient practices. Kids Care Grants are supported by Children's Miracle Network Hospitals fundraising across central and southeastern North Carolina. 

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