“Girl Scouts Love State Parks” Initiative Aims to Get Every Girl Outside September 11 & 12
Hundreds of girls will have outdoor experiences in state parks across Michigan.
Every year, Girl Scouts explore the natural wonders found across our country during the Girl Scouts Love State Parks (GSLSP) weekend, September 11 - 12. This year marks the 3rd annual GSLSP and Girl Scouts of Michigan Shore to Shore (GSMISTS) has partnered with the Michigan Department of Natural Resources for girls to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s all-girl leadership program. The theme for the year is sustainability and encouraging responsible recreation.
“The Michigan Department of Natural Resources is a proud to partner with Girl Scouts on Girl Scouts Love State Parks weekend,” says Parks and Recreation Division Event Coordinator Elissa Buck. "This initiative aligns well with our mission, as we strive to engage youth in the outdoors, help them find value in the protection of our natural and cultural resources, and encourage sustainable recreation and enjoyment of those resources for future generations.”
All school-aged children are invited to join in the celebration. GSMISTS staff will be present at select state parks to host activities, answer questions about the organization, and distribute an Adventure Guide with self-guided activities and GSLSP patches while supplies last. You can see where staff will be and download an Adventure Guide for yourself at www.gsmists.org/love-state-parks.
“This initiative provides a fantastic opportunity for all girls to connect with the outdoors, which are especially beautiful here in west and northern Michigan,” says Vivan TerMaat, CEO of GSMISTS. “Our goal is to introduce girls to the joy of outdoor experiences so that they can develop healthy lifestyle practices along with an appreciation of nature.”
GSLSP is a nation-wide event coordinated by Girl Scouts of the United States of America (GSUSA). The legacy of Girl Scouts and the outdoors is profound. GSUSA’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 for present and future generations.
All participants must follow the required COVID-19 safety guidelines as mandated by the state of Michigan and their park of choice.