Lynchburg Parks & Rec want you to join 'Kindness Rocks' challenge

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LYNCHBURG, Va. (WDBJ7) -- Lynchburg Parks & Recreation want you to join their Kindness Rocks challenge.

Lynchburg Parks & Rec want you to join Kindness Rocks challenge (WDBJ7).

Organizers have placed gold rocks around the city's parks and trails to encourage folks to venture out to find them.

Parks & Rec says they want to encourage creativity, physical activity and time spent in nature.

They also encourage you to paint your own kind messages on rocks with non-toxic paint and leave them around the trails.

If you find one of their rocks, you can turn it in for a free t-shirt!

Here's how to get involved:

ROCK SHARING TIPS AND TRICKS

1. RESPECT NATURE
• Enjoy the many benefits that nature has to offer but do not disturb the environment.
• Protect our parks. Leave what you find. Do not collect rocks or other items from the parks. Do not dig, cut, burrow, or harm trees in any way.
• Place rocks on the trail where they will be easily seen. Stay on the trail and leave no trace.
• Respect wildlife – our parks are their home.

2. ENJOY NATURE
• Find a quiet place to sit, listen, and enjoy being outside in nature.

3. SHARE THE EXPERIENCE
• Invite your friends and family to enjoy our parks and trails with you. You might find a special gold rock, or meet new and unusual friends.

4. GET MOVING
• We’re secretly encouraging walking trails and visiting parks, all for your own good health.
• Check out the new earthen nature trail on Percival Island; the new trail provides great views of the James River.
• Research studies have shown that 50% of the US population does not get the recommended weekly allowance for physical activity and that people who use parks and open spaces are 3 times more likely to achieve the recommended levels of physical activity than park nonusers. Couple that with the fact that 11% of all US deaths are related to physical inactivity and you can sees why we would support ideas that get folks moving, especially in a natural setting like our parks and trails.

5. HAVE FUN! JOIN THE PARKS & REC KINDNESS ROCKS CHALLENGE!
THE PARKS & REC KINDNESS ROCKS CHALLENGE
Lynchburg Parks & Rec is placing our own special gold rocks around the parks and trails to encourage folks to venture out to find them (the rocks are gold in color with a question on the bottom). The Kindness Rocks t-shirt will be given away as a prize for finding a gold rock. We will continue the challenge until the t-shirts run out.
If you find one of our gold rocks on the trails, you can win one Kindness Rocks t-shirts! Here’s how to let us know that you found one of our special gold rocks:
1. Snap a picture of your new rock and post it on Instagram using the hashtags #KindnessRocks and #LynchburgParksandRec
2. Send us your correct answer in a direct message on our Instagram handle @LynchburgParksandRec
3. Bring your rock in to Miller Center (301 Grove Street) and we will gift you with an official Kindness Rocks tee-shirt!