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


2021 marks the 11th 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 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!


First Solar
Wyss Foundation


America’s State Parks
Blue Star Families
Eastern National
Hike It Baby
Hydro Flask
M&T Bank
Outdoor Recreation Roundtable
Parks Project
Track Trail – Kids In Parks

Promotional Partners

American Academy of Pediastrics
National Environmental Education Foundation – NEEF
Nat Geo Kids
Outdoor Alliance For Kids – OAK
Travels With Darley

Federal Partners

National Park Service
US Army Corps of Engineers
US Forest Service