WARTBURG — Ten years ago, with funding from a National Park Foundation grant, the Obed Wild and Scenic River launched its “National Park in Your Backyard” program for the sixth grade students of Morgan County.

During the first eight years of the program over 2000 sixth graders participated in the program, but the programs did not occur in 2020 or 2021 due to the pandemic. The Park is excited to announce that these programs will be held again this year and will be open to current eighth grade students in an effort to reach the students that were missed during the pandemic. Future programs will offer this opportunity to the remaining middle school grades which missed the experience. As in previous years, the opportunity to participate in this program will be extended to students that are homeschooled or who attend schools other than public schools.