You’ll never have a problem finding something to do in a park. The only limit is your imagination. Check out these 15 great ideas for getting involved in your local park. We organized them by three categories—stewardship, healthy living and education. Of course, they’re just suggestions. The availability of park amenities might vary from one place to the next. But we hope they inspire you to get out and enjoy your local park, and even come up with some of your own ideas. These could keep you busy for weeks!
- Organize a clean up or litter removal program within a local park.
- Plant a tree. It’ll be fun to go back and check on it over the years as it grows.
- Help remove invasive species—parks often need help pulling up invasive weeds.
- Inquire about helping with trail restoration or creation.
- Plant something. You can look at planting seeds, native plants or more.
- Enjoy a “Kids to Parks” Olympics event. See if there are some KTP Olympics in your area. It’s a fun way to get active!
- Go on a run. Many parks have these, and it’s a great way to raise money for a worthy cause.
- Canoe or kayak at your local park. Contact your local park to check availability.
- Go for a bike ride. You might even be able to find a local bike race or event.
- Have a picnic. Pack up a lunch and go to a picnic area near you. You can even reserve picnic areas for larger gatherings.
- Go on a historic or walking tour in your local park.
- Visit the ranger center or museum. Even if you’ve passed it by in the past, it’s worth making a stop.
- Enroll in an educational program. Many parks have programs year-round. See what you can sign up for.
- Challenge yourself to identify the plants and animals in your local park.
- Complete the Buddy Bison Adventure Book. We promise you’ll learn something along the way!
Guys, the point is GET OUT AND GO!
Blog post provided by National Park Trust staff and Ken Keffer and Stacy Tornio, creators of DestinationNature.net.