ROCKIN’ Utah Kicks Off New Year

   01.03.12

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Salt Lake City, UT – If you’re a novice to Utah’s great outdoors, make a resolution to start exploring in Utah’s state parks. Join Utah State Parks and Recreation for their Reaching Out Connecting Kids In Nature (ROCKIN’) Utah Program.

ROCKIN’ Utah is designed to get those who are new to recreation outdoors and participating in recreation activities they have never tried.

Due to the popularity of past programs, the following guidelines have been established for this season:

  • Families are welcome to sign up for ROCKIN’ Utah events for which they have never before participated with us
  • Event prices are per person and vary depending on activity
  • Families may sign up for as many as four events in a calendar year
  • New events include ROCKIN’ Alumni Reunions and Family Camping Mentoring

Beginning January 10, reservations can be made for the following winter events by calling 801-538-7428. ROCKIN’ Alumni Reunions and Family Camping Mentoring events will be scheduled later this year.

Saturday, January 21

10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Wasatch Mountain State Park – Midway

Track Me If You Can: Join the park naturalist to learn how to identify animal tracks and how animals adapt to winter. Participants spend 45 minutes learning skills inside the visitor center and then head outside to study animals and their habitats while snowshoeing around the park. Cost is $5 per person and includes snowshoe rental. This activity is for beginners only, and children must be eight and older. Please wear warm layers of clothing, and bring water and snacks. Pre-registration is required and limited to 30 participants.

Saturday, February 11

7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Hyrum State Park – Hyrum

Ride-N-Glide Snowmobile Adventure: Start the day at 7:30 a.m. with a four-hour intensive course to earn your Snowmobile Education Safety Certificate. Upon completion, join Utah State Park Rangers at Hardware Ranch for an afternoon ride until 4:30 p.m. Cost is $15 per person and includes certification and equipment. This activity is for participants ages 10 and older. Wear very warm layers and bring windproof gloves appropriate for extreme cold. Bring your own lunch and water. Pre-registration is required and limited to 10 people. Please provide helmet size at time of registration.

ROCKIN’ Utah’s mission is to create opportunities for families to explore the outdoors and learn new skills to build their own connections with nature, while helping them establish healthy lifestyles and a greater appreciation of Utah’s natural and cultural resources.

For more information and upcoming events, visit stateparks.utah.gov/rockin-utah.

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