• Kids to Parks Day School Contest Slideshow

2018 National Kids to Parks Day

National Park Trust (NPT)  invites students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement to celebrate America’s Parks and public lands.

In honor of this day, NPT is once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks. Opening October 1, 2017, this national contest is open to all Title I schools in the United States (grades pre-K through 12). Classes can receive funding for a KTP event at a park or public land/waterway in their community. Students must research and write the proposal themselves, although we encourage teachers to provide support and feedback! Your entries should explain how your experience will promote education, health and wellness, and park stewardship. NPT will award park grants up to $1,000 to winning entries. We encourage schools to implement their KTP event during the month of May 2017 but exceptions can be made based on school schedules.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, February 1, 2018. Winners will be announced Wednesday, February 14, 2018.

Interested? Find out how to enter below!


  • Contest Information

    Contest Information

    Welcome to the Kids to Parks Day School Contest. 2018’s contest will open October 1, 2017 and close January 31, 2018

    Watch our school contest video from 2017.

    How to enter:

    1. Students must complete the two-page entry form
    2. Winners will receive: PDF
    3. Email, mail, or fax the proposal to:
      National Park Trust
      c/o Kids to Parks Day School Contest
      401 E. Jefferson Street
      Suite 207
      Rockville, MD 20850 or
      Fax: (301) 279-7211

      If you have any questions, please email or call Billy Schrack or Katie Zimmerman at (301) 279-7275

  • Sample Contest Entries

    Sample Contest Entries

    We encourage everyone to be as creative as possible with your contest entries. Feel free to include videos, pictures, drawings, and/or letters. Below are some examples of past winning entries that can serve as a guide.

    Questions? Contact Billy Schrack or Katie Zimmerman at (301) 279-7275

  • Past Winners

    Past Winners

    View past winners of our National School Contest.