With the winter gone and warmer weather upon us, people who want to get outside and become more active now have a fun, easy way to do so all over Luzerne County.
The Keystone Active Zone Passport — a free program that anyone can use to explore the county’s close-to-home parks, trails and outdoor events — begins today and continues through Sept. 30.
The passport lists 30 “stops” that offer more than 50 opportunities to enjoy outdoor recreation within a 10- to 60-minute drive of almost anywhere in Luzerne County.
Participants can earn awards and chances to win prizes as they visit stops and find the answers to the stop’s unique scavenger hunt question.
“From family bike rides to rugged trail hikes, river festivals to quiet nature preserves, downtown walking tours to fabulous state parks, there is something for everyone to enjoy and discover with the … passport,” said Carol Hussa, of the Wilkes-Barre Family YMCA, one of the program partners along with Live Well Luzerne County and Greater Hazleton Rails to Trails.
“It’s easy and fun. Workplaces and schools can incorporate this into their wellness programming,” Hussa said.
For more information and to participate, visit the website: www.KAZpassport.org, register and download a passport. Then visit as many stops as you choose, find the answers to the stops’ questions, and log your answers on the website to earn awards and chances to win prizes.
For every five stops visited and successfully logged, participants earn awards that support active living such as free skating passes to the ice rink at the Toyota Sportsplex at Coal Street Park in Wilkes-Barre.
The more stops visited, the greater the chances of winning prizes such as family days at Montage Mountain; whitewater, kayak and fishing excursions; bicycle gift certificates, camping weekends and more. The program runs today through the end of September and you can start anytime.
One of the new stops on this year’s passport is Stop No. 21: “Discover the D & L Trail and Anthracite Heritage,” a schedule of three family-friendly bike rides and five walks on different sections of the trail or related sites in White Haven, Mountain Top, Eckley Miners Village, the River Common, the Seven Tubs and the Susquehanna Warrior Trail.
For people who do not have bicycles for these three rides, a limited number of complimentary bike rentals will be available to reserve.
There are many other biking opportunities available on the passport this year as well. Bikes are available for free use through Wilkes-Barre Bike Share program hosted by Best Western Genetti Hotel & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre.
“The passport is a great way to learn more about our county’s spectacular outdoor resources that everyone can use and enjoy at no cost,” said Bob Skulsky, coordinator of the Greater Hazleton Rail Trail.