Get Active in the Park Community Captains of the Month

Get Active in the Park Community Captains

Now that Spring has officially Sprung, we are excited to increase our programs offered in the newly official New River Gorge National Park and Preserve through our Get Active in the Park program. Get Active in the Park is an innovative partnership between the National Park Service and Active Southern West Virginia. This program empowers our community to see outdoor spaces as a place for health and wellness to take place. Together, we can build a stronger and healthier community that sees our public lands and places for health and wellness activities. Get Active in the Park programs are powered by trained volunteer Community Captains to bring free instructional programs as sample activities at a beginner level. The goal is to get more people comfortable and confident exploring the parks around them and to begin a lifestyle of more physical activity. Read more about the new park designation and the Get Active in the Park partnership on our Partner of the Month blog.

This partnership allows us to offer a variety of physical activity programs in the community.

·        Hiking

·        Qi Gong

·        Biking

·        Running

·        Rock Climbing

·        Stand Up Paddle Boarding

·        Yoga

·        Group Fitness/Dance Aerobics

·        Water Aerobics

·        Fishing

We would like to take some time now to give a Big Thank you to the volunteer Community Captains who make these programs possible.

·        Levi Moore- Hiking

·        Pat Gagan. Hiking and Biking

·        Richard Justice- Hiking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding

·        Bob Matson- Hiking

·        Sarah Edwards, High Fitness

·        Linda Stein- Hiking

·        Jacki Wright- Hiking

·        Jack Wright- Hiking

·        Amber Fuller- REFIT

·        Jennifer Bledsoe- REFIT

·        Allonna Tilley- REFIT

·        Elizabeth Phipps- REFIT

·        Beth Daniels- REFIT Rev and Flow

·        Sandy Lawson- REFIT

·        Stan Wise- Hiking

·        Mara Petretich- Biking and Stand-up Paddle Boarding

·        Crysty Linkenhoker- Water Aerobics and Hiking

·        Barbara Accord- Water Aerobics and Hiking

·        Richard Accord- Water Aerobics and Hiking

·        Dave Wolff- Climbing

·        Matt Carpenter- Climbing

·        Claire Murphy- Climbing

As the weather is warming and we are seeing signs of Summer upon us, stay updated on our equipment and non-equipment based Get Active in the Park programs on the Active SWV website calendar. If you or someone you know would like to become a Get Active in the Park Program and lead your own program please contact Erin Reid, Volunteer Director, at 304-254-8488 or email