🙂 flickr photo by mikecogh shared under a Creative Commons (BY-SA) license

On a hiking trail, when you either meet a gated barrier or perhaps a section of path that has gone muddy or is no longer navigable due to weather issues, there is often a temporary footpath alternative that curves out from the main trail and then back again – either to give you access to what has been closed off or to provide more stable footing.

These short trails are informally known as “Smile Paths,” for they are often in a half-circle shape like a smile made from footsteps.

Draw your own Smile Path today, or find one in the wild, and share an image. Feel free to take the concept in any direction that seems creative to you (literal or artistic)

This October, join the National Writing Project and the National Park Service for a STEAM-powered Write Out 2022. Organized as a public invitation to get out and create, supported by a series of free online activities, Write Out invites educators, students, and families to explore national parks and other public spaces. The goal is to connect and learn through place-based writing and sharing. Learn more and sign up: https://writeout.nwp.org

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