• Save the Date

    Kids to Parks Day
    Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • Save the Date

    Kids to Parks Day
    Saturday, May 18, 2019

  • Kids to Parks Day

    Thank you!
    Over 1 million participants enjoyed Kids to Parks Day in 2018!

1,012,218

Celebrated Kids to Parks Day on May 19, 2018!

431

Mayoral Proclamations in 2018

Thank You

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.





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…
  • 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 2018 Sponsors

    Wyss Charitable Foundatoin
    First Solar KTP Sponsor
    Northside KTP Sponsor
    Guest Services
    Firstenergy Foundation 2c 250d
    Nature Cat
    MTB
    NPCA KTP Spon
    Forest Service
    Nat Geo
    Eastern National
    NTF

    Kids to Parks Day 2018 National Collaborators

    OAK
    NPS
    Boy Scouts
    Americas Stateparks
    Sierra Club
    Hike It Baby
    Corazon Latino
    Virginia State Parks
    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
    Outdoor Project
    Plum Landing
    US Play Coalition
    Outdoor Families Mag
    NRPA 250x Clear
    Girls Scouts
    TWS
    American Academy of Pediatrics
    CPA KTP Collab
    OCR KTP Collab

     Kids to Parks Day News

    USA Today Covers Kids to Parks Day

    USA Today Covers Kids to Parks Day

    Kids to Parks Day is a national initiative that began in 2011 and is organized by National Park Trust “to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks and public lands.”

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    Bethesda Magazine Features National Park Trust

    Bethesda Magazine Features National Park Trust

    Bethesda Magazine features National Park Trust's Executive Director, Grace Lee

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    Senate Passes Bipartisan “Kids to Parks Day” Resolution

    Senate Passes Bipartisan “Kids to Parks Day” Resolution

    U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Mazie K. Hirono, D-Hawaii, and Cory Booker, D-N.J., applauded the passage of their bipartisan resolution, which encourages children to get outdoors by designating May 19 National  Kids to Parks Day.

    Read more


     

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