73,679! Do you know what that number represents? If you guessed the total number of miles people have walked since the GO York program began in 2008, you are correct! What do you think 118 represents? You are right if you guessed the number of miles one person has walked if they found all 30 letterboxes each year. It is amazing to think those numbers are based only on GO York kids who turn in their rubbing sheets at the end of the summer. Many others don't submit their rubbings, plus we don't count parents or other family members who participate in the program with you. Knowing that, we estimate that more than 120,000 miles have been walked by all GO York participants over the last 5 summers. Thank you for enjoying the outdoors with us over the last five years!
This summer, GO York! and York County Libraries want to explore the roots of York County with you, quite literally in fact. The GO and Dig It Up! Program will teach you about the benefits of eating local fruits and vegetables that can be grown right here in York County, as well as provide you with some easy-to-make recipes you can try at home. And don't forget to visit your local York County Library branch to check out a few books or attend one of the exciting programs that they offer this summer.
Here's how the Dig Into Reading! Summer Reading Club works: Read, read, read! Keep track of the number of minutes you have read and record them - either online at www.yorklibraries.org or in the enclosed calendar (page 60 and inside back cover). When you have read 800+ minutes, visit your local library to collect your completion prizes.
Here's how the GO York program works: Thirty plots - a wooden marker post - have been secured in parks and along trails throughout York County. Your job is to find as many of these plots as possible by using clues available in your GO and Dig It Up! Gardener's Journal. Each plot links to a park location and a page within your Gardener's Journal. Once you locate the plot, use a crayon or pencil to rub the unique etching attached there to the tear-out pages in your Gardener's Journal. This proves that you found the plot and also is your key to winning some great prizes (see page 59 for more information).
Don't forget to check out the GO York website - www.goyork.org - for other program features. There you can make sure that a plot is available, track your progress in finding plots, tell us about any issues, find great recipes that use the featured fruits and vegetables, or share exciting stories about your adventures. You also may want to "like" GO York and York County Libraries on Facebook or follow us on Twitter to receive program updates.
Here are a few important things to remember:
- Make sure that you correctly match each plot rubbing to the appropriate box on the
- Write down the code that you find at each plot. You will need it to record your progress at
- Always remember to be respectful of parks and trails, the outdoors, and people around you!
So get outdoors, have fun, and start digging it up!
York County Libraries and
Get Outdoors (GO) York Task Force of the
Healthy York County Coalition
PA Dept. of Conservation & Natural Resources
York City Health Bureau
York County Parks
YMCA of York and York County
York College of Pennsylvania