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Pledge to participate in Kids to Parks Day and you could win an outdoor gear prize pack! Find kid-friendly programs and events on our site. Keep checking back as we will add more each day. As Buddy Bison our mascot says, “explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

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A National Day of Outdoor Play

The third Saturday of May

Celebrate our Parks

Celebrate our Parks

Kids to Parks Day – celebrated annually on the third Saturday of May – is a national day of play that connects kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country:

— Enjoy outdoor recreation
— Learn STEM and history
— Embrace their important role as park stewards
Share Your Adventure

Share Your Adventure

Adventures are meant to be shared. Kids to Parks Day is a great opportunity to meet new people in your area and share a fun experience at a local park. Share your adventure using #KidstoParks.

Care for Our Parks

Care for Our Parks

Kids to Parks Day is an opportunity to cultivate future generations of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. Bring families and kids of all ages outdoors to their parks, Kids to Parks Day instills the value and appreciation of our public lands creating the next generation of park stewards.

 

 

What’s Kids to Parks Day All About?

Launched in 2011, Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide celebration of the great outdoors organized by NPT and is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands. By discovering and exploring our public lands, kids across the country can learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and the history of our country. In addition, by teaching our kids to appreciate and enjoy our public lands, we can foster future outdoor enthusiasts and create the next generation of park stewards and caretakers of these important places. Because kids need parks – and parks need kids!

Each year in preparation for Kids to Parks Day, which is always hosted on the third Saturday of May, NPT works with cities and towns, teachers, families, park and public lands officials and numerous partners across the country to invite kids of all ages to create their own adventures at one of the thousands of park events and programs featured on our site.

By coordinating a wide array of park activities on a single day, Kids to Parks Day attracts first-time park visitors as well as existing park enthusiasts. Together we will be able to protect and preserve our country’s public lands and waters by cultivating passionate park advocates and stewards. Join us today!

As our lovable woolly mascot Buddy Bison says: “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

Host an Event

Host an Event

Hosting a Kids to Parks Day event? Check out this toolkit to help you plan and promote your event.

  • How to Host an Event
  • Register Your Event
  • Sample Blog/Social Media Messages
  • Promomotional Photos/Logos/Posters
  • Free Family Resources
  • And More…
  • Find an Event

    Find an Event

    Check out the Kids to Parks Day events happening accross the country on Saturday, May 18th. Come back often, new events are being added every week.

    Cities and Mayors - Proclaim the Day

    Cities and Mayors - Proclaim the Day

    Are you a city or mayor planning to proclaim May 18, 2019 Kids to Parks Day? Click here for resources to help you spread the word about Kids to Parks Day.

    Family Resources

    Family Resources

    Print and go! Take these activities with you where ever you go: from your local city park – to your national park or any other public land and water. There’s something here for every outdoor nature space!

    Kids to Parks Day Sponsors

    Hydro Flask
    First Solar KTP Sponsor
    Wyss Foundation

    Kids to Parks Day Partners

    BSF Logo 250 Sq
    M&T Bank
    The North Face
    National Geographic Kids
    Nature Cat
    Parks Project
    Eastern National
    Corazon Latino
    US ACE
    Forest Service
    Plum Landing
    NRPA
    HiB
    NEEF
    ORR 250 Sq
    America's State Parks
    Children & Nature
    Track Trails
    Mom's Organic
    Capital Nature

    Kids to Parks Day Promotional Partners

    Travels with Darley
    OAK
    Outdoor Project

     Kids to Parks Day News

    Kids to Parks Day Contest Winners Skype with White House

    Kids to Parks Day Contest Winners Skype with White House

    Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners are first in the nation to Skype with the White House.

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    Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners

    Kids to Parks Day School Contest Winners

    We are pleased to announce the winners of our 2019 Kids to Parks Day School Contest! This year, 66 Title I schools were selected to receive funding benefiting 4,000 students from grades pre-K through 12. Thank you to our sponsors, Hydro Flask and First Solar.

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    National Park Trust Receives ‘Parks for All’ Grant from Hydro Flask

    National Park Trust Receives ‘Parks for All’ Grant from Hydro Flask

    Thanks to Hydro Flask’s Parks for All funding, NPT has an early lead commitment to provide park trips for 50 Title I schools across the country in celebration of Kids to Parks Day in May.

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    Kids to Parks Day 2018

    Thank you to all 2018 Kids to Parks Day partners, program and event hosts, and participants! Over 1 million families got outside to enjoy their local parks at one of the 1,200 events across the country. Kids to Parks Day was featured on USA Today, The Weather Channel, and many other local news and weather stations.

     

     

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