About Kids to Parks Day

“National Kids to Parks Day is designed and intended to connect kids to the experiences found in our parks. Kids today need outdoor and cultural experiences found in our parks, which help them connect and discover something about themselves.”

Jacoson State Park Superintendent Mark Ballard

A NATIONAL DAY OF OUTDOOR PLAY

2022 marks the 12th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day, an annual day of outdoor exploration at local, state, and national parks and public lands across the country. Organized by National Park Trust, the mission of Kids to Parks Day is to foster future outdoor enthusiasts and help with developing the next generation of park stewards by engaging kids in memorable outdoor experiences. While discovering and exploring our parks, kids learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and the history of our country and its amazing national treasures – because kids need parks and parks need kids!

Always hosted on the third Saturday of May, Kids to Parks Day encourages kids and families to get outside and create their own adventure at thousands of local park events and programs. National Park Trust works with cities and towns, teachers, families, park and public lands officials, and numerous sponsors and partners to make these events possible. Together we can protect and preserve our nation’s parks and public lands, so please join us!

In 2022, the Park Trust will be promoting special park events specifically designed for Kids to Parks Day, as well as encouraging people nationwide to get outdoors and experience their local, state, and national parks. In addition to in-person events and outdoor experiences throughout the month of May, the Park Trust’s #MyParkMyFuture social media campaign, beginning in April 2022, will encourage individuals and families to highlight an outdoor space that they consider valuable for current and future generations.

Park Trust Executive Director Grace Lee talks to The Weather Channel about Kids to Parks Day 2021.