Kids to Parks Day is Coming Soon!


Saturday, May 18th is National Kids to Parks Day! Celebrated annually each 3rd Saturday in May, National Kids to Parks Day is designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. This wellness blog will give you some ways to get involved with National Kids to Parks Day in your community.

According to their website, Kids to Parks Day is an opportunity to cultivate future generations of outdoor enthusiasts and conservationists. The day aims to bring families and kids of all ages outdoors to their parks to instill the value and appreciation of our public lands creating the next generation of park stewards.

In 2016, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation published a blog post about why parks matter for health. Here's what it found:

1. Parks foster mental, physical, and spiritual health

2. Parks encourage physical activity

3. Parks advance health equity

4. Parks help kids flourish

5. Parks are a power prescription to combat chronic disease

6. We need parks to survive.

For more information about these six benefits of parks and to see the full post, click this link.

To get involved with this year's Kids to Parks Day, you can register to host a kid-friendly park event at this website. In planning an event, make sure it's appropriate for a child's skill level. To view a listing of other events, click this link!

For this year's Kids to Park Day, NRPA is partnering with the National Land Trust! Through this partnership, they created a free toolkit to make your Kid's to Park Day event double as a Park Champion event, by inviting your members of Congress to join in on the celebration! To view the step-by-step toolkit, click this link.

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.I hope that your department is able to get involved!

Until next time, Diquan

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