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West Virginia state parks launch Ultimate Adventurer and Junior Adventurer Challenges

SOUTH CHARLESTON — To celebrate another season of adventures in West Virginia’s state parks and forests, outdoor enthusiasts are encouraged to participate in the West Virginia State Parks Ultimate Adventurer Challenge and families with kids are encouraged to participate in the Junior Adventurer Challenge.

The challenges are open through Sept. 30 and were created to lead adventurers of any experience level on a series of outdoor explorations throughout the West Virginia State Parks system.

“This summer is off to a busy start in West Virginia’s state parks and forests and the Adventurer Challenges provide even more ways for families to enjoy their visits to our parks and public lands,” Department of Tourism Secretary Chelsea Ruby said. “It’s incredible to see so many people heading to the outdoors in Almost Heaven and now we’re looking forward to witnessing the excitement of both outdoor enthusiasts and kids who complete these new challenges.”

To join a challenge:

* Choose either the Ultimate or Junior Adventurer Challenge and fill out the form at WVstateparks.com/adventurerchallenges.

* Receive a challenge card in the mail.

* Complete each challenge and get the card stamped at any park office or gift shop.

* Post photos as each challenge is completed on Twitter or Instagram with #AlmostHeaven and #WVstateparks.

* Turn the challenge card in at select West Virginia State Parks gift shops and receive an exclusive gift pack or junior challenge medal and certificate.

The Ultimate Adventurer Challenge card includes 10 challenges, such as discovering waterfalls and hiking multiple trails. When a challenge is completed, the participant will need to get their challenge card stamped at any park office or gift shop and post a photo to Twitter or Instagram using #AlmostHeaven or #WVstateparks.

The Junior Adventurer Challenge is designed with kids and families in mind. The card includes five kid-friendly educational challenges, such as identifying trees and insects. When a child completes a challenge, a parent will need to initial the challenge card to indicate it has been completed.

Everyone who completes the Ultimate Adventurer Challenge will receive a gift pack and each child who completes the Junior Adventurer Challenge will receive a West Virginia State Parks Adventurer Challenge medal and certificate.

To receive the gift pack or medal, participants must turn in a completed challenge card at a state parks gift shop at Blackwater Falls State Park, Chief Logan State Park, Hawks Nest State Park, Pipestem Resort State Park, Twin Falls Resort State Park and Tygart Lake State Park.

“This is an exciting opportunity for folks to explore our state parks and forests in a unique way,” State Parks Chief Brad Reed said. “These challenges should encourage visitors to discover new favorite destinations and create memories that will last forever. Plus, it’s an added bonus to be rewarded with a gift once all challenges have been completed.”

All information about the Ultimate Adventurer Challenge and Junior Adventurer Challenge is available at WVstateparks.com/adventurerchallenges.

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