Get ready to get out and celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 17! All across the country, families, neighborhoods, schools, parks, scouting organizations, and other groups are gearing up to celebrate this day of outdoor play promoted by the National Park Trust.
Of course, any day can and should be a “kids to parks day,” particularly when you live in an area such as Fairfax County, with so many great parks. What National Kids to Parks Day does is serve as a grassroots movement to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors. The event, held on the third Saturday each May, is part of the National Park Trust’s efforts to help kids “become the conservation leaders of tomorrow and continue the legacy of protecting our parks.” Some local National Kids to Parks events taking place in our area on May 17 are:
Armed Forces Family Day at Fort Hunt Park (Alexandria): The National Parks Conservation Association, Friends of Fort Hunt Park, WHUR Radio Fitness Personality Darryl Haley and the Washington DC Veterans Affairs Medical Center invite active duty military personnel, veterans and their families for a day of fitness, food, and family fun activities. The event is 10 am-3 pm.
The National Park Trust has a searchable list of other events.
And remember, all throughout the year, you can keep the fun going with Buddy Bison, the NPT’s lovable woolly mascot who can join you as you explore local, state and national parks and public lands to discover science, history and fun outdoor recreation opportunities. When you buy a Buddy Bison, you also help NPT send an under-served student to a local, state or national park or wildlife area!