FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: May 15, 2015
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Washington, D.C., May 13, 2015 – The U.S Senate today passed a resolution recognizing National Park Trust's 5th Annual Kids to Parks Day. Children, families and schools in communities across America have registered to celebrate their local, state and national parks and public land at thousands of park evens. National Park Trust estimates more than 500,000 people will attend park events across the country in what is fast becoming America's national day of outdoor play.
"The Senate's designation of National Kids to Parks Day highlights the importance of the connection with the outdoors by encouraging kids to get outside at an early age," said Senator Ron Wyden, D-Ore.
The Senate Resolution supporting Kids to Parks Day, was co-sponsored by U.S. Senators Ron Wyden, D-Ore., Rob Portman, R-Ohio, Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, Cory Booker, D-N.J., Martin Heinrich, D-N.M., Barbara Feinstein, D-Calif., and Mike Lee, R-Utah.
NPT launched this grass roots movement five years ago to encourage families to discover and celebrate our country's parks and public lands and water and recently launched kidstoparks.org - events are listed by state and city, and the website features helpful downloadable tips and activity guides to help children, families and teachers plan park adventures.
We hope families across America will use Kids to Parks Day as a great reason to celebrate our National Parks and connect with favorite local and state parks and public lands," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust executive director. "This year's Kids to Parks Day takes on special significance as the National Park Service prepares to celebrate its milestone Centennial celebration in 2016 and recently launched its Find Your Park campaign.
Families can pledge to participate at kidstoparks.org. When they visit a park on May 16th, kids and parents are encouraged to tweet #kidstoparks or send in photos to firstname.lastname@example.org. Pictures will be posted and shared online.
National Park Trust's Kids to Parks Day is in support of the First Lady's Let's Move! Initiative. For a full list of national collaborators and sponsors see kidstoparks.
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