Fort Vancouver is inviting visitors to “walk with a doc” at 1 p.m. Saturday to celebrate the healthy connection between national parks and exercise during Park Prescription Day.
Fort Vancouver National Historic Site has joined with Kaiser Permanente to host a free walk from the reconstructed stockade along the Spruce Mill Trail with a doctor and park ranger. Participants can learn about Fort Vancouver’s ParkRx Program, which encourages visitors to use the park’s trails as a means to a healthier lifestyle.
National park rangers will also discuss the site’s World War I history in honor of this year’s centennial commemorations of the United States’ entry into the war.
The “walk with a doc” event coincides with Fort Vancouver’s observance of National Park Week; entry fees for the replica stockade will be waived Saturday and admission will be free.
“The National ParkRx Initiative is a wonderful project that the National Park Service has taken on in support of encouraging the public to use our country’s national parks as places to become healthier through outdoor activity,” Bob Cromwell, Fort Vancouver’s chief of interpretation, said in a news release.
“As an urban national park, Fort Vancouver is a great place for our community to get outdoors, enjoy a natural setting, and exercise. We hope this program will provide a gateway for participants to start a habit of walking our trails on a regular basis.”
Park Prescription Day trail maps are available on the park’s website at https://www.nps.gov/fova/planyourvisit/parkrx.htm. Maps include routes, with distances and estimated walking times.