May 19 Is National Kids To Parks Day (Video)

Great news about getting kids re-connected to nature!

On May 17, the U.S. Senate joined the Governors of Colorado, Maryland, Missouri, Vermont, Virginia, West Virginia and Washington and 246 Mayors in 45 States and Washington D.C. in declaring this Saturday, May 19, National Kids to Parks Day.

Tens of thousands of children will head to park events across the United States for a day many are calling the first national ‘play in.’ (Even though this is actually the second such event!)

Senate Resolution 463 was introduced by Senator Mark Udall (D – Colorado) and co-sponsored by Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Senator Lisa Murkowski (R- Alaska) and Senator Jeff Bingaman (D-New Mexico).


“We are so pleased to have bi-partisan support for the Second Annual National Kids to Parks Day,” said Bill Brownell, chair of the National Park Trust Board, the founding organization of National Kids to Parks Day. “This event will help remind families across America to engage our youth with the natural and historic treasures and the pure fun available in neighborhood, state and national parks as the summer season begins.”

“As Colorado’s senior senator, I continue to encourage today’s kids to spend more time outside. There’s no better place than our national parks to connect kids to nature and to teach them about our unique culture and history,” Udall said. “National Kids to Parks Day is a great opportunity for parents to inspire active and healthy lifestyles, while building the next generation of American stewards to enjoy and protect our nation’s special places.”

It’s good to know that some of our congresspeople are paying attention to the need for children to get outside and be active, particularly since our childhood obesity rates are soaring.

“We hope families are able to come to a national park and enjoy time together on National Kids to Parks Day. Saturday is also the first day that active duty military families can pick up a free annual pass good for entrance to all 397 national parks,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis.

National Kids to Parks Day is the signature event of National Park Trust’s popular educational program Where’s Buddy Bison Been? Through its mascot Buddy Bison, National Park Trust encourages children to “Explore outdoors, the parks are yours!”

And here’s an idea – why not take the kids to the park and leave them there to play by themselves? Click here to find out what’s going on in your neighborhood.

Check out what happened on the first Kids To Parks Day, in 2011:

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Tatyana Ivanova
Tatyana Ivanova5 years ago

Aaw, this is GREAT!!!

J.L. A.
JL A5 years ago

At the rate Congress and states (e.g., CA) are going, will there be any wild, natural parks left for future children on this day?

Terry Vanderbush
Terry V5 years ago

Parents need to set a good example for their kids

Monica D.
Monica D5 years ago

Great idea!

Marilyn L.
Marilyn L5 years ago

This is wonderful. During the summer here in Arizona they need to build large indoor park facilities for kids could also work for areas who have bad winters.

Nina Anghel
Nina Anghel5 years ago

didn't know that. thanks.

John Mansky
John Mansky5 years ago

Children spend too much time indoors,with video games. There is nothing like the real thing!..

eusebio vestias

Uma boa noticia la para os lados da America as crianças tem todo o direito serem felizes e que passem um bom fim de semana

aj E.
aj E5 years ago

didn't know that. thanks.

Christeen Anderson
Christeen A5 years ago

Children don't spend nearly enough time in the great outdoors so I think this is a great idea.