IDAHO STATE PARKS TEAM UP WITH THE NORTH FACE EXPLORE YOUR PARKS PROGRAM
Boise, Idaho (June 28, 2014) – The Idaho Department of Parks and Recreation has partnered with The North Face and their Explore Your Parks program to encourage families to get outdoors and enjoy Idaho’s treasured state parks.
With support from The North Face, Idaho State Parks are offering first-time camper programs with overnight experiences running from now through September at Lake Cascade State Park, Hells Gate State Park, and Priest Lake State Park. Each location is equipped with camping gear purchased through a generous donation from The North Face, which is now available to check out within the park for FREE. Equipment includes everything a camper will need is except sleeping bags and food. Tents, tarps, chairs, cooking equipment, lanterns, etc. are all provided. Individuals and families wishing to take advantage of this opportunity will only be responsible for paying the campsite and reservation fee .
In addition to free equipment rental, first-time camping programs offer overnight experiences for those new to camping, or for those who could use a refresher. Staff will greet campers and assist with campsite set-up as well as discuss some basics of camping like campground etiquette and outdoor cooking. Additional programming such as staff-led nature hikes and plant identification, wildlife interpretive programs, and fun family activities like fishing and canoeing are available as well, depending on the site.
Activity guide booklets that include detailed information about Idaho's State Parks, and a free entry pass ($5 value) to any Idaho state park are available with any purchase at The North Face store in Boise, or the purchase of any North Face product at various sports retailers throughout the state.
“Our goal, along with The North Face, is to foster a love of the outdoors and a connection to nature for all families in Idaho. Together we look forward to sharing this passion and supporting an outdoor legacy that can be passed down from generation to generation,” said Nancy Merrill, Director, Idaho State Parks and Recreation.
For more information and/or to participate, please contact the park you wish to stay in.
Lake Cascade State Park: (208) 382-6544
Hells Gate State Park: (208) 799-5015
Priest Lake State Park: (208) 443-2200
About Explore Your Parks
Since 2010, The North Face has provided community events, free activity guide booklets and park passes and camping discounts to the public through its Explore Your Parks program. It now reaches 13 markets nationwide, and currently partners with the Chicago Park District and state park agencies in California, Idaho, Massachusetts, Colorado, Georgia, Maryland, Missouri, New York, Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Oregon. Visit www.exploreyourparks.com for more details.
About Idaho State Parks and Recreation
Idaho’s Department of Parks and Recreation manages 30 state parks and recreation areas throughout Idaho. The mission of the agency is to improve the quality of life in Idaho through outdoor recreation and resource stewardship.