• Watch this video from Kids to Parks Day 2014. 
    Save the date! The 5th annual Kids to Parks Day 2015 is May 16th.

  • CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS

    Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider co-branding programs that your park has already planned. 

     

     

     
     
     
     
     
  • Families, Kids, and Adults

     

     
  • We celebrated our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and want to thank you for joining us in this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.

    States, cities and towns across the country participated by proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Parks Day. We are already excited for Kids to Parks Day 2015. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 16th, 2015 as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents! 

     

     
     
     
     
     
     
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Kids to Parks Day Summary

Kids to Parks Day (KTP) is an annual nationwide day of play organized by National Park Trust (NPT). The goal is to engage kids across the country with parks and public lands to promote environmental stewardship and healthy outdoor living. At the heart of the initiative is Buddy Bison, NPT’s mascot whose message to children and their families is to “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

Equally important, this national grassroots initiative has been designed to help teachers, especially those in underserved communities, to introduce parks and public lands to their students and their families. KTP Day offers students from urban and rural communities the opportunity to participate in hands-on environmental education, while providing health and wellness through outdoor recreation.

Below is Kids to Parks Day 2013 by the numbers:

• 418,000 online media hits (121% increase over 2012)
• More than 139,000 participants (28% increase)
• 306 mayors in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. issued proclamations (17% increase)
• 10 Governors proclaimed May 18 as KTP Day (AR, CO, FL, MD, MI, MO, TX, VT, WV, WY)
• America’s state parks in 14 states hosted events at more than 186 parks (133% increase)
• Senate resolution passed – Introduced by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO)
              o Co-sponsored by Senator Ron Wyden (D-OR), and Senator Rob Portman (R-OH)
• 367 park events were registered on www.kidstoparks.org (46% increase)


Classroom Contest

This year NPT sponsored the third annual national classroom contest encouraging children to create their own KTP Day event. The three main goals for the contest are:

• To engage children with the health and wellness benefits of outdoor park recreation
• To teach students about the unique science, history etc. about the park
• To inspire a generation of conservation leaders and stewards that will take action to protect their parks

Winning schools are awarded scholarships to implement their park trips; each scholarship includes transportation funds. More than 70% of this year's contest winners qualify for free or reduced-price lunch.

NPT is pleased this year to award 43 schools with park scholarships that will benefit 3,200 students, grades preK through 12, representing 29 states. For a full list of contest winners click here.




 Kids to Parks Day is officially in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move! initiative, engaging hundreds of Let’s Move Cities and Towns each year.