Acclaimed Children’s Jazz Group Partners with NWF to Promote an Active Outdoor Lifestyle for Kids

NWF adopts Coal Train Railroad's "Dirt" as the official song for the Be Out There campaign

07-06-2012 // Mary Burnette
Kids play in the sand

Nashville’s acclaimed “jazz for kids” combo Coal Train Railroad will announce the adoption of its song “Dirt” by The National Wildlife Federation’s Be Out There movement on July 10 and 11 at the group’s DC-area debut at Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods, presented by Wolf Trap Foundation for the Performing Arts and the National Park Service. Railroad will perform songs from their hit CDs including the track "Dirt," which is the official song for NWF’s Be Out There campaign. During Coal Train Railroad’s appearance at Children’s Theatre-in-the-woods, NWF’s Be Out There stickers will be available for children, as well as additional information for parents about this initiative.

“We’re excited to see our song 'Dirt' used to promote an outdoor lifestyle for kids that will re-connect them to nature and get them a little dirty and healthy,” said Coal Train Railroad producer/co-creator Chris Donohue. “Wolf Trap’s beautiful Theater-in-the-Woods is a perfect place to celebrate the joys of being outside while laying down some jazz.”

Led by Donohue, bassist for the likes of Emmylou Harris and other music luminaries, and vocalist/co-creator Katy Bowser, Coal Train Railroad performs original jazz songs from a child’s perspective that cover topics of interest to kids: dirt (of course), bellybuttons, and underwear-clad superheroes battling monsters! Kids in the audience are encouraged to riff, sing, and dance along with the musicians. The group followed up its acclaimed debut recording (named a Kids Pick Of 2010 by Time Out New York Magazine) with a Summer Podcast Series, a digital EP entitled “Live in Monophonorama,” and a February 2011 debut at New York’s prestigious Lincoln Center.

“Besides being so much fun, getting exposure to dirt or mud can actually help kids lead happier, healthier lives,” said Meri-Margaret Deoudes, Vice President of NWF’s Be Out There movement. “Coal Train Railroad’s music married with Wolf Trap’s outdoor theatre are in perfect harmony with our mission to get kids back outside experiencing the many benefits that come along with playing in the great outdoors.”

Wolf Trap Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods is a unique outdoor venue located within America’s only National Park for the Performing Arts behind the Filene Center. A tradition for generations throughout the Washington D.C. area, Children’s Theatre-in-the-Woods offers music, dance, theatre, puppetry, and storytelling.

Learn more about NWF’s Be Out There movement at

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