Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Maryland: Walking on Sunshine

Magazine article Parks & Recreation

Maryland: Walking on Sunshine

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Residents of Anne Arundel County, Maryland, will soon launch into a new way to exercise--walking through the solar system. Friends of Anne Arundel County Trails, in a partnership with NASA and Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Md., has begun creation of the Friends Planet Walk that will teach hikers and bilkers about outer space as they cruise the Baltimore Annapolis Trail.

"It will bring the wonders of our solar system to our young students aim our residents of every age to enjoy," says Stan Lebar, manager of the Planet Walk for the Friends group.

Along the 4.6-mile trail, the Planet Walk will showcase art and educational displays at stations that mark where the sun and planets are in relation to how far residents walk, attempting to shrink the 3.7 billion-mile solar system into a few hours of hiking.

Each station along the trail will feature a unique art exhibit, as well as three level educational displays that cater to elementary school students, middle/ high school students and adults. …

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