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U.S. Senate Passes Resolution Declaring May 19th National Kids to Parks Day

5808182355 ceedbd73b1Two days before National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 19th, The U.S. Senate joined the Governors of Colorado, Florida, Maryland, Missouri, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington and 251 Mayors in 45 States and Washington, DC in officially recognizing this event. Tens of thousands of children will head to park events (go to www.kidstoparks.org for event listings) across the United States for a day many are calling the first national 'play in.'

Senate Resolution 463 was introduced by Senator Mark Udall (D-CO) and co-sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- AK) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-NM). "We are so pleased to have bi-partisan support for the Second Annual National Kids to Parks Day," said Bill Brownell, Chair, National Park Trust Board of Trustees – the founding organization of National Kids to Parks Day. "This event will help remind families across America to engage our youth with the natural and historic treasures and the pure fun available in neighborhood, state and national parks as the summer season begins."

National Kids to Parks Day has been endorsed by: Department of the Interior's Youth in the Great Outdoors; American Academy of Pediatrics; National Education Association; and the Western Governors' Association among many others. (www.kidstoparks.org for complete list). To read the full press release, click here.