DEP LAUNCHES GUIDE TO STATE PARKS AND HISTORIC SITES
Passport Program Provides a Fun Way to Explore the Outdoors
(06/56) TRENTON - Partnering with the New Jersey Commerce,
Economic Growth & Tourism Commission, Department of Environmental
Protection Commissioner Lisa P. Jackson announced the launch of
the Passport to Adventure - a free guide to New Jersey's state parks,
forests and historic sites.
"The Passport is a fun way to get kids interested in the outdoors
and our environment," said Commissioner Jackson. "We hope
this program inspires children and adults alike to get out and enjoy
our beautiful state parks and historic sites."
Featuring 36 parks, forests and historic sites across the state,
the 80-page, passport-style guide is filled with beautiful images,
fast facts and unique activities and events. As visitors travel
to the featured sites they can pick up a passport and also collect
a vibrant, full-color sticker to place in their guide.
"Outdoor recreation is an integral part of our $36 billion
tourism industry," said Commerce Secretary Virginia Bauer.
"Whether its state parks, forests or historic sites, the new
Passport to Adventure promotes visitation to these wonderful areas
while encouraging education and discovery."
"Passport to Adventure" is a wonderful cooperative project
that highlights some of the Garden State's many natural and historic
treasures," said Nancy Byrne, Executive Director of the New
Jersey Office of Travel & Tourism. "The guide provides
kids of all ages with an opportunity to discover everything from
climbing the 291 steps of the Highpoint Monument at Highpoint State
Park to marching through Princeton Battlefield, the site of one
of the fiercest battles of the Revolutionary War to viewing panoramic
vistas from atop the Barnegat Lighthouse."
In addition to the keepsake passport and collectible stickers,
participants who visit 10 or more sites receive a free prize package,
as well as a certificate commemorating their accomplishment.
While the passport program is targeted for the elementary through
middle school audience, it is also a great opportunity for adults
to take a break from their regular routines. At a time when many
Americans are traveling closer to home, the Passport to Adventure
encourages residents to make discoveries here at home in New Jersey.
The passport program was made possible in part through funding
from the New Jersey Commerce, Economic Growth & Tourism Commission,
Office of Travel and Tourism.
The Passport to Adventure is available at New Jersey's state parks,
forests and historic sites. For a copy by mail, call 1-800-843-6420.
Text telephone users can call NJ Relay Service at 1-800-852-7899.
To learn more about this program visit www.njparksandforests.org