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One day, sometime in middle school, I was riding the bus home from school and decided to try the Peanut Butter Nature Valley bar that my mom had packed for me. Honestly, I had been avoiding eating it since it seemed so ... adult. As in, where's the chocolate chips?

But one bite had me hooked. Years later, when I went to college, I took along three gigantic boxes of Nature Valley bars from Costco. They were my favored breakfast/snack/pick me up. I cannot tell you how many of those bars I consumed while studying.

Thank goodness they fall in the happier, healthier side of the scale. Right?

I still keep Nature Valley bars in my house for those days when stopping for a meal just isn't going to happen. And now, all those wrappers that I peel away can do some good too. Why?

Tablespoon has asked me to tell you about the Preserve the Parks campaign from Nature Valley that is running through the summer. Basically, if you save your wrappers and mail them in, $0.10 will be donated for each one to the National Parks Conservation Association, up to $250,000.

I don't know about you, but I love visiting the National Parks in my area and around the country. They are fabulous places for families to get a little closer to nature, and appreciate the beauty of our native environment.

So, what's this money for anyway? The money donated by Nature Valley will be used to keep America's National Parks beautiful and serene for generations to come. Is that a good cause or what?

And frankly, mailing in a wrapper? That's a tiny step that you can do to help make it happen.

Sarah W. Caron (aka scaron) is a food writer, editor and blogger who writes about family-friendly foods and raising a healthy family at Sarah's Cucina Bella.
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