TRENTON – As part of a national campaign to get “every girl outside,” nearly 25 state parks, forests and historic sites will be taking part in the “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” initiative July 13-14.

In Cape May County the parks include Cape May Point State Park and Belleplain State Forest.

According to a release, Girl Scouts of the USA launched this first effort of its kind to ensure that all Girl Scouts have an opportunity to experience the great outdoors, an integral part of the organization’s leadership mission.

“We are proud to be a part of this national effort, which advances the Girl Scouts’ mission to build well-rounded leaders,” Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe stated. “From the Highlands to Cape May, our state parks and forests will be providing opportunities for Girl Scouts to learn about and enjoy the wonderful natural resources we strive to protect in New Jersey.”

The parks will host a number of outdoors-related activities, including nature scavenger hunts, nature walks, pond, and stream studies, shoreline cleanups, rope-bridge building, history lessons, even a star party and much more.

“We are incredibly proud of our 107-year legacy of giving girls access to amazing outdoor experiences that help them build important life and leadership skills,” stated Girl Scouts USA CEO Sylvia Acevedo. “We want to continue to get more girls outside to explore the world around them and learn the importance of environmental stewardship. “Girl Scouts Loves State Parks” is another exciting way for girls to take advantage of our unique and adventurous outdoor programming.”

The official kick-off celebration will be held at 10 a.m. July 13, at Brendan T. Byrne State Forest in the Pinelands of Burlington County.

“Our parks and forests have long been important places for Girl Scouts to earn badges while learning about nature, history and why these are special places,” stated State Park Service Director Olivia Glenn. “This event brings it all together in one big weekend of fun, learning, enrichment and excitement. Our staff is really looking forward to being part of this groundbreaking campaign.”

All girls who participate in any of the programs will receive a 2019 “Girl Scouts Love State Parks” fun patch (pictured above). Participants do not have to be Girl Scouts.

For information, click on the photo above or visit www.gscsnj.org/en/events/Girl-Scouts-Love-State-Parks.html

Events in Cape May County:

Bird Walk/Nature Walk at Cape May Point State Park

July 13 | 9:00-10:30 a.m.| Grades K-12

Bird Walk/Nature Walk at Cape May Point State Park

July 14 | 9 -10:30 a.m. | Grades K-12

Nature Walk at Cape May Point State Park

July 13 | 2-3:30 p.m. | Grades K-12

Nature Walk at Cape May Point State Park

July 14 | 2-3:30pm | Grades K-12

Pond Study at Belleplain State Forest

July 13 | 1-2 p.m. | Grades K-12

Pond Study at Belleplain State Forest

July 14 | 10-11a.m. | Grades K-12