Spring passport program aims to get more people outside

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Rise Vermont’s 2019 Spring Passport will take you on a trip around your community.
 
“What we do is place codes around the communities where rise Vermont is, to get people out and moving,” Marissa Parisi, Executive Director of Rise Vt.
 
You can find more than a dozen secret codes around Richmond, Huntington, and Bolton communities. At each location, you’ll mark down the corresponding code in your passport to earn points.
 
“Once your passport is complete, there’s some really cool prizes we have to offer to local community cooking resources, fun outdoor centers,” Parisi said.
 
Every week, the codes change, so the more times you visit a location, the higher chance you’ll have more winning. Local parks and trails, libraries, and farms are a few places the passport will take you.
 
With children today spending an average of 7 hours a day looking at screens and half as much time outside as they did in the 1980’s, organizers hope this will be a fun way to get kids outside and exploring this spring without electronics.
 
“To have other outlets where you can put that phone away, get out into the community, and enjoy all of those natural resources around us,” Parisi said.
 
For others, they say it could provide a chance to discover parts of their communities they never have before.
 
“Maybe find some new spots that you’ve never seen in one of those three towns and get to explore your community more while being fit and active,” Parisi said.
 
The program is free for all ages. Completed passports are due June 7th. 

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