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.

 

1,005,713

Celebrated Kids to Parks Day in 2017!

456

Mayoral Proclamations in 2017

What’s Kids to Parks Day All About?

Kids to Parks Day is a nationally coordinated day designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country are learning about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and history. Through teaching the next generation to appreciate our public lands, NPT is working to foster future outdoor enthusiasts and create the next generation of park stewards.

Each year on the third Saturday of May, NPT works with cities and partners across the country to invite kids of all ages to find their own adventures at one of the hundreds of events hosted nation wide.

By coordinating a wide array of park activities on a single day, Kids to Parks Day attracts new park goers and helps connect existing park enthusiasts with local organizations in hopes of creating park advocates and stewards. The task to protect and maintain our country’s public lands and waters requires a collaborative effort among organizations, government agencies, and most importantly passionate park advocates and stewards.

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
American Recreation Coalition
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

 Kids to Parks Day News

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest Opens October 1!

Kids to Parks Day National School Contest Opens October 1!

National Park Trust invites YOU and students across the country to participate in the 8th annual Kids to Parks Day, a nationwide grassroots movement celebrating America’s parks and public lands. Kids to Parks Day takes place every year on the third Saturday of May. In 2018, it will be Saturday, May 19th.

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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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