First Lady Melania Trump has never made her love for children a secret. Early on in her role as the first lady, Melania has gone out of her way to visit sick children in hospitals while visiting foreign countries with her commander in chief husband.
Yesterday, as part of her “Be Best” initiative, Melania visited a group of fourth-graders in Jackson Hole, Wyoming, to promote the U.S. national parks and landmarks to promote outdoor time for kids.
Last month, Mrs. Trump and fourth-grade students from the District of Columbia participated in the ceremonial reopening of the Washington Monument. She helped hand out National Park Service passes that grant fourth-graders free access to hundreds of national parks, lands, and waters.
The White House says Thursday’s visit will be about encouraging fourth-graders to get a pass from the National Park Service so they can spend more time outdoors.
The Daily Mail reports – Melania Trump kicked off a two-day trip to Wyoming with an outdoors adventure, spending her Thursday afternoon rafting down Snake River with a group of fourth-graders.
She first met with a group of boy scouts before hopping on board the raft for a tour of the great outdoors.
A great first day in #WY. Met with Jackson District Boy Scouts at the elk antler arches in town square learning about their conservation efforts with National Elk Refuge. Explored Snake River with 4th graders seeing lots of natural beauty. #EveryKidOutdoors #BeBest
Posted by First Lady Melania Trump on Thursday, October 3, 2019
The first lady, 49, cut a casual figure in black jeans, a turtleneck sweater, and a puffer jacket as she arrived in the town of Jackson, where she spent 20 minutes greeting the uniformed scouts and posing for pictures.
Hundreds of people turned out to greet Melania, and were pictured lining the sidewalks around the square as they welcomed Donald Trump’s wife to their town.
Upon her arrival, Melania joined a group of 10 fourth graders from the Teton County School District rafting down the Snake River with the Teton Range serving as a beautiful backdrop.
The first lady was greeted by Jackson’s first female scout leader, Mindy Kin-Miller.
She posed with the scouts beneath the elk arch, as chants of ‘USA’ were yelled in the background. Since the 1950s, antlers are collected from the Elk Refuge by local boy scouts and auctioned off to raise money.
Melania appeared to enjoy the rafting trip, and was seen chatting with the boy scouts, and pointing out different aspects of the scenery around her, clearly relishing being in such beautiful natural surroundings.
Her raft passed by a bald eagle roosting in a tree alongside the riverbank, according to her staff.
She even took out her phone at one point to snap some pictures.
The first lady was also seen holding a travel coffee mug during the trip – perhaps in order to help her stay warm in the chilly Wyoming weather, which saw temperatures hovering around 40 Fahrenheit.