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Celebrating Our Military Families in North Carolina


For our second weekend of Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors events, Sierra Club volunteers and partner organizations hosted a fun day of activities at Sturgeon City Park in Jacksonville, NC, near Marine Corps Base Camp Lejeune.


Kids learned about animals and played games with our partners at Barney’s Almanac, they learned about water safety with the Coast Guard Auxiliary, enjoyed some snacks from the USO, saw and touched flounders with Sturgeon City, blew bubbles and played cornhole with Blue Star Families, and made pinwheels and hiked around the wetlands with the Sierra Club. The hit of the day was kayaking with Camp Lejeune Outdoor Adventures and the Sierra Club.

It was many of the families’ first time kayaking and everyone enjoyed being on the water. It was fun to watch as the kids conquered their nerves and became confident in their boats. A couple of boys who had been hesitant to go out on the water without their father were soon proud of their new paddling skills and wanted their mom to send pictures to their dad overseas.

Although, this was my last weekend with the Sierra Club, COMCO events will be happening all across the country through June. I can’t think of a better way to say thank you to our nation’s youngest heroes and military families. I’ve been honored to do this work and have been inspired by the passion and support our partners have shown for our Celebration of the Military Child Outdoors initiative. Letting us know that our work has been a success, one of the girls toward the end of the day exclaimed “this is the best day ever!” Find an event near you and take someone outside with you this weekend!

All photos courtesy of Nancy Card

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