Our Military Kids (OMK) is a nonprofit organization with a mission to recognize the service and sacrifice of military children by offering extracurricular activity grants when a parent is deployed with the National Guard, is deployed with the Reserve, or is a Veteran or member in any branch of service recovering from severe post 9/11 combat injuries. Participation in the activities minimizes emotional, behavioral, health, and academic difficulties when children or teens are physically or emotionally separated from a parent while reinforcing the positive aspects of deployment or recovery, such as building resilience, self-sufficiency, and strong family ties.
National Park Trust works with OMK to grant access to water and fishing for military family grant recipients who live near national parks. Our goal is to provide an opportunity for kids and their military parents to bond, instill a love of fishing and introduce military families to the vast expanse of parks in the National Park system.
Miami Military Families Bond Through Fishing at Biscayne National Park
Miami military families went on an exciting fishing adventure in Biscayne National Park, thanks for a collaboration between the National Park Trust, National Park Service, and Our Military Kids.
Celebrating Military Families: Exploring Nature and Science at Mount Rainier National Park
Military families enjoyed a day out at Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. The day focused on aquatic citizen science at Mowich Lake, the park's largest and deepest lake.
Military Families Have a Fin-tastic Day of Fishing at Asseteauge Island National Seashore
On Saturday, May 13th, 2023, as the sun broke through the clouds on spring morning over the shoreline of Maryland, military families embarked on a special day of fishing and discovery at Assateague Island National Seashore.
Military Families From the Twin Cities Spend a Day Fishing on the Mississippi River
The National Park Trust, National Park Service (NPS), Our Military Kids, and Trout Unlimited partnered this past weekend to bring military personnel and their families to Mississippi National River & Recreation Area for a day of fishing on the banks of the iconic Mississippi River.
Keepin’ it Reel at Rocky Mountain National Park with Military Families
On a Saturday in late August 2022, as the morning summer sun began to warm the mountains of Colorado, 14 military-connected kids and their families were given the opportunity to experience a special day of fly fishing and exploration at Rocky Mountain National Park.
Military Families From the Denver Metro Area Experience Fly Fishing at Rocky Mountain National Park
The National Park Trust, National Park Service (NPS), Our Military Kids, Trout Unlimited, and the Rocky Mountain Conservancy partnered recently to bring military service members and their families to Rocky Mountain National Park for a day of fly fishing on Sprague Lake.
A Day on the Shenandoah River with Military Families
On Saturday, April 2nd, we teamed up with the National Park Service (NPS), Our Military Kids, Trout Unlimited, Diana Davis Spencer Foundation, and KBP Foods to hold a fishing event for military families at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park.