Kids to Parks Day Blog Ambassadors
Check out these terrific blogs from our Kids to Parks Day Blog Ambassadors. There are great tips and ideas that you can use on May 20th and all year long!
Listen up: The 2017 Kids to Parks Day calendar is ticking ever closer to May 20, and the National Park Trust needs you. Last year, 731,000 kids participated in a day of celebration for our country’s national parks and public lands, and the Park Trust is hoping to boost those numbers to make sure even more young people are experiencing the outdoors.
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For more than 2 decades, the National Park Trust has made it their mission to connect kids to our uniquely iconic national parks and public lands. The NPT understands that educating young minds leads to the development of our future land stewards. It is this shared mission that has inspired and guided OFM’s proud partnership with the NPT and Kids to Parks Day for 3 years and counting.
We spend a lot of time outdoors and make it a priority to visit plenty of local parks. We plan annual camping trips around birthdays, We have dreams of visiting every national state park one day, we’ve already crossed off a few. If you follow my blog then you know I am passionate about getting kids outside and into nature in any capacity. The benefits are incredible, and with it being “Earth Week” and all (because one day just isn’t enough), I thought I’d share the latest in Kids To Parks Day 2017.
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May 20th is National Kids to Parks Day! For the 7th year, the National Park Trust is getting families and kids to enjoy our parks all across the country. Last year an astounding 731,000 participants visited 1130 parks. My son and I were in that number and we hope that you will join us again this year!
It can be any park that you choose, from a local park, state park, or a national park. You can still participate even if you don’t have kids! Make it an outing and round up all of your friends and family with little ones. If you’re an educator (and parents too) tell your local school and possibly plan to meet up at a park.
The seventh annual National Kids to Parks Day will be celebrated on Saturday, May 20, 2017 with special events at parks across the country. Sponsored by the National Parks Trust, the event encourages kids to appreciate nature and public lands, and to get outdoors with their families to enjoy a more active lifestyle.
National and State parks will be hosting special family-friendly events to celebrate the day. Here are some of the fun Kids to Parks events in the Northern Virginia area.
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Are you often trying to find fun things to do with the family?
I am. I’m always searching for a fun family adventure.
I check out community resources and think about some of our favorite locations… that is, IF I’m actually thinking of things ahead of time.
Normally, though, the weekend sneaks up on me. Almost every single week. I have nothing planned and we end up spending all weekend at home. Sound familiar?
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Outdoor play is important because children need to learn to seek out exercise, fresh air, and activity in a natural setting. There is something fundamentally healthy about using the outdoors. Playing outside can also help children care more about their environment. The National Park Trust pushes kids to get outside and play through their Kids to Parks Day initiative (more on that below!).
The kids are slowly getting up this morning, after a much-needed long night’s sleep. All six of us have been running in different directions the past few weeks. Having one (rare) morning of laziness and togetherness does our minds and bodies well.
We are gathered around the breakfast table, when Jordan breaks our comfortable silence. He’s our resident homebody. He loves lounging around the house without an agenda. But not today.
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Three Free Tips for Getting Outside to Celebrate the National Park Trust’s Initiative on Sat. May 20, 2017.
As theologian and “The Dream of the Earth” author Thomas Berry once said, “Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”
Not only does being outside help kids blow off steam, it also helps improve their physical fitness and increases Vitamin D levels, helping reduce chances of bone problems, heart disease and other health issues. According to the National Wildlife Federation, exposure to natural settings also increases student performance on test scores and reduces stress, among other long-term benefits.
Countless kids have had their first nature experiences in parks, and for children who live in urban areas, public lands are an essential gateway to the natural world. National parks like the Grand Canyon, Yellowstone, and the Smoky Mountains may be among the most famous and iconic public lands, but our nation’s thousands of local and state parks are just as important when it comes to connecting children with nature. Regardless of where you live, on Saturday, May 20, you’ll have a chance to celebrate our public lands during the 7th annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day. PLUS you can enter to win a pair of Northside shoes as well as a camping package from The North Face. How cool is that?!? More about those giveaways in a minute.
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Mark your calendars and save the date: May 20th is going to be special this year!
Why? Kids to Parks Day, an annual nation-wide initiative to get families to our State, National and local public lands, is happening! For seven years now, this great program follows our personal mission here: get kids out discovering and learning about the country that surrounds them.
Our local, state and national parks will be preserved only if we teach our children to know them, to love them. The day is a perfect opportunity (or excuse?) to visit a local, state, or national park or public land as a family and join the movement.
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The weather is getting warmer, the trees are starting to get some green back, and flowers are blooming all beautiful and wonderful signs of the spring season coming. It seems like its been a long time since we have had sunshine and bright flowers in bloom.
Last year I talked about how important it is to get kids out to parks, both for them and ourselves, I think after a dull and drab winter that it is even more important. Close to our house, we have a National Parks in all kinds of regions, from the ocean to the mountains and everything in between. We are very lucky indeed to have most things within a day’s drive or even to go for a day trip, including our National Parks.
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Texas offers more National Park Service sites than most visitors or residents realize. I’ve explored a national seashore, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, a desert national park, a mountain national park even a national monument dedicated to Texas-sized dinosaurs. Explore a National Park Service site with your family on May 20, 2017, for the National Park Trust’s annual Kids to Park Day, a national day of play.
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Ethan and I are excited to announce that we are teaming up with Buddy Bison® and the National Park Trust (NPT) again to promote the 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day! Last year over 731,000 people pledged to go to a local, state or national park along with over 400+ mayors, and 20+ governors. We’re hoping this year’s event will be even bigger!
Kids to Parks Day is the signature event of NPT’s popular Buddy Bison School Program, which teaches environmental education and the benefits of outdoor recreation to under-served schools. NPT’s goal is to cultivate future park stewards and outdoor enthusiasts. Kids to Parks Day offers many benefits to participants, encouraging families to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors to help develop more active, healthy lifestyles.
Living close to a National Park has so many benefits for our family. We get to enjoy unspoiled nature, great views, wonderful rivers and amazing hiking. How thankful I am that here in America we are blessed with 59 National parks and hundreds of state parks and state and national forests. So many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors. I believe in teaching my children the benefits of being outside and enjoying nature. Saturday May 20, 2017 is the 7th annual Kids to parks day which has many ways to encourage our kids to get out and explore our national and local parks. This year the goal is to get 900,000 participants!
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Running, jumping, climbing, flinging their arms wide and laughing with glee. Kids who get outside and into the fresh air and nature are happier, healthier kids. We all know it and it’s why almost a million kids and parents will rally together on May 20th this year to celebrate Kids To Parks Day in honor of making it happen every single day for kiddos from all corners of the USA.
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When my daughters’ proclaimed “National Parks are boring” during a family vacation planning meeting, I knew we needed to get the kids to parks. We accomplished this last year during the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, during an epic RV National Park Grand Circle tour of Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM, Bryce Canyon NP, and Grand Canyon NP. To keep the momentum past 2016’s National Park Centennial, we’ve partnered with the National Park Trust for their 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Continue reading for more details on Kids to Parks Day, and enter to win a pair of Northside USA shoes to blaze your own trail outside with the kids.
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Save the date for Kids To Parks Day – May 20, 2017. Join National Park Trust, Buddy Bison and kids across America for a fun day of outdoor play. Go to kidstoparks.org to sign up. When you sign up, you can enter to win free prizes. Also, you can search for local events. If you don’t see a local event, keep checking back as more events are being added.
Lil Man and I love our local, State and Federal parks. We are regulars. We enjoy our parks year round. And we will definitely be participating in Kids To Parks Day on May 20th.
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The biting cold starts to leave the air, and the feeling of warm sun on your face almost leaves you giddy. If you live anywhere with distinct seasons, the arrival of Spring weather is an exciting change. My family and I always feel inspired to open those windows… and even better, get outside and play!
Winter sports may be winding to a close, but there is so much fun to be had in Spring. You don’t need expensive or technical gear in order to do so. If you need some motivation or inspiration, here are 5 free ideas to get kids outside this Spring. Plus, some information on the upcoming fun and exciting Kids to Parks™ Day!
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We love national parks (as well as national monuments, seashores, historic parks, etc.). On our epic cross-country road trip in 2015, we visited at least a dozen. This year, we’re on track to explore at least four (Shenandoah, Cuyahoga Valley, Devils Tower and Badlands), though I’m sure there will be more.
Now that Spring is officially here (thank goodness), I’m excited that Kids to Parks Day is just around the corner on Saturday, May 20. The National Park Trust’s Kids to Parks Day is an annual celebration of outdoor play in, where else, our parks, including national, state and local parks all across America.
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