2020 DoD Legacy Park Rx Day Award Recipients
August 14, 2020

The National Environmental Education Foundation (NEEF), with funding support from the Department of Defense (DoD) Legacy Resource Management Program, has awarded six military installations to participate in the National Park Service's National Park Rx Day. National Park Rx Day celebrates spending time in nature for improved health. Led by healthcare providers and health professionals, National Park Rx Day commemorates the importance of people connecting with natural environments to improve their physical, mental, and spiritual well-being. This year's National Park Rx Day was originally scheduled to take place on Saturday, April 25, 2020. However, due to recent events, the Legacy Park Rx Day awardees will curate safe events that will take place up until the end of the year. Hosts will engage service members, their families, retirees, and veterans in activities that promote stewardship, leadership, and partnership in the historic preservation of military lands while connecting people to nature for health benefits. Funded projects will incorporate activities that promote safety and occupational health; physical, social, and emotional health; and/or environmental health.

Funds were awarded to the following recipients:

Fort Hood, Army (Texas)
Volunteers will be creating an open meditation area with benches in the grassland.

JEB Little Creek, Fort Story (Virginia)
Personnel will have an exercise station to conduct the "Murph Challenge" on Heroes Circle Nature Trail. Murph Challenge is in memory of Navy Lieutenant Michael Murphy of Patchogue, NY.

White Sands Missile Range - Garrison Environmental (New Mexico)
Participants can rent out equipment and attend outdoor wellness activities throughout the month of September.

Fort Leavenworth Environmental Division (Kansas)
Volunteers will assist in trail maintenance to help provide a nice trail experience for runners and hikers.

Arizona Army National Guard (Arizona)
Pariticpants from the Air Guard and Army Guard will come together to celebrate Park Rx Day with several activities planned on the desert.

Camp Ripley, Minnesota Army National Guard (Minnesota)
Volunteers will plant Jack Pine trees to reforest 15 acres that had been cleared several decades ago.