Sitka National Historical Park seeks community partners to help host National Trails Day events on June 1

81109-008-small-500x375Come celebrate the outdoors and get healthy at the same time!

The Sitka National Historical Park will host a day-long event in honor of the American Hiking Society’s annual National Trails Day®. The event will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, June 1, at the park Visitor Center, with a series of free health-related presentations and exercise classes open to the public. This is a day dedicated to park trails, health and the community of Sitka.

To make this day a success, the park needs your help. The park is actively recruiting for interested professionals to donate an hour of their time to present a health related topic or activity to the community. Last year we had presentations and activities by the Hames Center, Balanced Practice, and Botanica, plus local healthcare providers such as Dr. Don Lehmann and veterinarian Dr.Vicki Vosburg. Booth spaces are also available to promote healthy living. Last year’s participants included Sitka Trail Works, the SEARHC WISEWOMAN Women’s Health Program and a blood pressure station by Sitka Community Hospital. Interested professionals should contact Chief Ranger Carin Farley at 747-0127 for more information or to sign up to help.

The Park Prescriptions Program, designed to promote outdoor activity to patients through their health care providers, will hold its first prize drawing for participants who qualify. The drawing will be for $100 and is graciously sponsored by the Sitka Community Hospital Foundation.

Participants in classes will also be entered into drawings every hour throughout the day. The more you participate the better your chances of winning items from local and national sponsors! Save the date (June 1), spread the word and stay tuned for an interesting lineup of presenters and booths at the park’s second annual National Trails Day event.

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