Pledge to take your child, or a group of children to a local park on May 17, 2014!
Have pledged to go to a park!
Save the Date!
Park Event Locator
Saturday, May 17, 2014
CITIES, TOWNS, AND PARKS
Register your kid-friendly park event below. It is not necessary to create a new event, consider promoting and co-branding programs already in existence in your park on our around May 10- 25th.
Families, Kids, and Adults
We are excited to celebrate our 4th annual Kids to Park Day on Saturday, May 17, 2014 and invite your city to join us for this national movement that engages children with parks, nature, and healthy outdoor play.
Cities and towns across the country can make the pledge to participate by proclaiming May 17th as National Kids to Parks Day. Below you will find a proclamation template. Please consider proclaiming May 17th as Kids to Park Day in your community and showcase the great outdoor recreation activities available for your residents!
Use our park activity guide to start your adventure, then contact your local park and find out what is available.
What to bring:
• Take a backpack • Bring water – enough for everyone to stay hydrated • Healthy snacks – like an apple or fruit, carrots, nuts, unsweetened dried fruit • Sunscreen • Hat and/or sunglasses • Rain gear • Extra layers • Complete change of clothes (it can be left in the car during your adventure)
Tell your friends on Facebook to "like" National Park Trust and our mascot Buddy Bison. Don't forget to email pictures and a description of your adventure to email@example.com
Please note, any photos received will be used only in NPT’s publications, including our website and e-newsletters, and in materials for educational purposes. We only use first names in our publications if provided.
Find a Park
These websites will help you find a park in your community. Just enter your zipcode, city/town or state.
Your county's parks and recreation department will also have a complete list of the parks in your area and what activities are available.
Electronic Field Trips and games connect children with national parks through a rich, online learning experience. These programs intertwine the park and lesson objective.
Gulf Island National Seashore
North Cascades National Park
Carlsbad Caverns National Park
Discovering the Mysteries
of Bryce Canyon National Park
Into the Canyon
Grand Canyon National Park
Searching for Life
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Hawaii Volcanoes National Parks
Fort Davis National Historic Site
Use these websites to learn about the parks in your area.
Plan Your Park Trip! Whether you're looking for that perfect spot to hike, bike and swim or take a history lesson, there are so many fun things you can do with your family in a national park. www.recreation.gov
Reconnect with Nature Make the pledge to play outside for at least one green hour a day. Take pictures. How did you spend your green hour with Buddy Bison? www.greenhour.org
Nature Rocks Playing in nature is free and fun. Let’s explore and bring Buddy Bison along. www.naturerocks.org
Discover the Forest Learn where to take Buddy Bison, what sounds animals make and how to use a compass. Plus print the book – "What to Do Outside." www.discovertheforest.org
Take Buddy Bison to a National Park Discover what national parks are close to you. Where will you take Buddy Bison? Check to see if there is a Junior Park Ranger program at your local park. www.nps.gov
Do You Want to Be a WebRanger? Before taking Buddy to the parks, play more than 50 games, earn badges and learn all about the national parks. www.nps.gov/webrangers
I Love Parks This website, created by a park ranger, lists all the state and national parks where you can take Buddy Bison. www.iloveparks.com/usparks.htm
State Parks An easy site that directs you to parks all across the country. Simply click on a state, then click on a region. www.StateParks.com
Wonderful Wildlife Click on your state and find out all about your National Wildlife Refuges. See if you and Buddy can spot any wildlife. www.fws.gov/refuges/