Pledge to take your child, or a group of children to a local park on May 17, 2014!
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Saturday, May 17, 2014
CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS
Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider promoting and co-branding programs already in existence in your park on our around May 10- 25th.
Families, Kids, and Adults
We are excited to celebrate our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and invite your city to join us for this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.
Cities and towns across the country can make the pledge to participate by proclaiming May 17th as National Kids to Parks Day. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents!
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, the 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.
In 2013 KTP Day occurred on May 18, the week before Memorial Day, the traditional kick off to summer. This year’s event demonstrated a significant increase in enthusiasm and participation across the country. Below is a summary of highlights from 2013:
By the Numbers:
• More than 139,000 participants (28% increase)
• 418,000 online media hits (121% 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)
NPT sponsored the second 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 learn 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 were awarded scholarships to implement their park trips; each scholarship includes funding for transportation, if needed. Winners participated in a variety of park activities including hiking, canoeing, and service and art projects. Many of the scholarship recipients are from underserved communities.
• 42 scholarships awarded serving 1683 students in grades PreK-12th
• KTP student led events planned in 21 states and Washington, DC
KTP Day is officially in support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside! initiative, and has engaged hundreds of Let’s Move Cities and Towns.