Contact(s): Paul Holtan, DNR Office of Communications, 608-267-7517
December 18, 2018
GREEN BAY - More than a dozen large boxes of non-perishable food items and well over a hundred donated warm winter items such as gloves, hats, mittens, snow pants and coats will be distributed in the Green Bay area thanks to Wisconsin State Park System staff from around the state.
While in Green Bay learning about the latest trends in outdoor recreation designed to enhance the state park experience for visitors, staff took the opportunity to give back to the Green Bay community through two local charities, Ben's Wish and the Big Bundle Up Campaign through the Green Bay Convention and Visitors Bureau. Staff donated nonperishable food items that will be used to fill backpacks for children in the Green Bay area that do not have food/meals for the weekends. Staff donated backpacks and cash as well. Ben's Wish is a non-profit organization that's goal is to address hunger insecurity issues and reduce the number of local children in need of weekend meals.
Warm winter items were donated to the Department of Tourisms Annual Big Bundle Up Campaign. This is an annual charity drive that invites Wisconsin residents and visitors to donate warm winter items for those in need. Tourism organizations across the state collect these items and distribute them to local charities.
Customer service is a priority for state parks staff and with that in mind the public in Green Bay had an opportunity to meet park rangers and other staff during an evening event at Titletown Park. Visitors participated in a naturalist led tracking activity, asked questions about winter hiking, camping, cross country skiing and snow shoeing, and were able to purchase 2019 admission passes.
They also learned more about OutWiGo, a state park system initiative launched this year to promote a healthy and active lifestyle in the outdoors. The state park program is planning additional OutWiGo and ranger events in 2019 that will be listed in the Get Outdoors calendar on the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources website.