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.


 

 

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Will Celebrate Kids to Parks Day on May 19, 2018!

Pledge to Participate in Kids to Parks Day 2018.

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Mayoral Proclamations

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!”

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest

The Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is open to all Title I schools and school groups grades preK-12. Students can submit proposals to fund a field trip to a park or public lands/waterways in their community. The contest opens October 1st and closes February 1st, 2018. Winners will be announced Tuesday, February 14th.

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.

Cities and Mayors - Proclaim the Day

Cities and Mayors - Proclaim the Day

Are you a city or mayor planning to proclaim May 19th, 2018 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 Blog Ambassadors

Kids to Parks Day Blog Ambassadors

Check out posts from our 2017 Kids to Parks Day Blog Ambassadors! Photo courtesy: Hike It Baby

Thank You Cities and Towns

Thank You Cities and Towns

Click here to see a list of the mayors and town councils that signed proclamations in support of the day and encouraged their residents to explore their local parks.

Kids to Parks Day 2018 National Collaborators

OAK
NPS
Nature Cat
Hiker Logo With Northside Logo (Orange On White)
Guest Services
The North Face
First Energy
M&T Bank
Boy Scouts
Americas Stateparks
Sierra Club
NRPA
Eastern National
NPCA
Hike It Baby
National Geographic Kids
National League of Cities
National Wildlife Federation
YMCA
City Parks Alliance
National Environmental Education Foundation
Children And Nature Network
US Army Corps Of Engineers
American Hiking Society
US Play Coalition
Outdoor Families Mag
Girls Scouts
TWS
CamelBak
American Academy of Pediatrics
American Recreation Coalition

 Kids to Parks Day News

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is Open!

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest is Open!

National Park Trust invites YOU and students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks Day. In honor of this day of outdoor play, we are once again hosting the Kids to Parks Day (KTP) National School Contest to help educators engage their students with their local parks through education, outdoor recreation, and stewardship.

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7TH ANNUAL  ‘KIDS TO PARKS DAY’ SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PARKS

7TH ANNUAL ‘KIDS TO PARKS DAY’ SATURDAY, MAY 20, 2017 A NATIONAL CELEBRATION OF PARKS

The 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day was held May 20th, 2017 – the biggest KTP Day to date! Over 1-million participants enjoyed more than 1,700 park events and programs nationwide, 453 mayors and town councils proclaimed the day and a Senate resolution was passed. Read more about Kids to Parks Day here.

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2016 Annual Impact Report

2016 Annual Impact Report

Check out our new 2016 Annual Impact Report and read highlights about our accomplishments thanks to the generous support from our partners and friends.

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