"Kids to Parks Day" is May 16th!

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Have you heard the news? This Saturday is Kids to Parks Day- a national movement dedicated to getting kids and their families out exploring local and national parks.

I pledged to participate. Will you?

Here's what you need to know:

  • The 5th annual National Park Trust Kids to Parks Day will take place May 16 at local and national parks all over the U.S. All you have to do to participate is get outside in a local or national park. (Find an organized event in your area)
  • Parents, teachers, caregivers and friends, pledge to bring a child to a park on May 16! When you register you'll be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera! Register here: Last year, there were more than 447,000 participants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. This year, the goal is to have more than 500,000 people enjoy Kids to Parks Day.
  •  Kids to Parks Day has been endorsed by many organizations including:  American Academy of Pediatrics, Boy Scouts of America, Children & Nature Network, National Education Association, National Geographic Kids, National Wildlife Federation, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let Move Outside! Initiative, half the nation’s governors, and many more
  •  Active Kids are Healthy Kids. At a time when the obesity epidemic touches nearly 1 in 3 children, cities across the nation are encouraging their residents to use Kids to Parks Day as the first of many days spent outdoors, at local parks and recreation sites, to develop more active, healthy lifestyles.
  •  Kids to Parks Day brings families together for important and irreplaceable outdoor and family time, to create lifelong memories, traditions and fun.
  • National Park Trust encourages children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.  Their website can help jumpstart your adventure. Visit them at kidstoparks.org 
  • National Park Trust is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to preserving parks today and creating park stewards for tomorrow. As people spend more time indoors and as successive generations grow up with less of a connection to nature, NPT wants to build a greater awareness and appreciation for the importance of our country's public lands and parks. 
  • Local friends, this dovetails with our MOBY library program. Check out an "Explorer Backpack" from Marion, Mattapoisett, or Rochester library and bring it with you.

Note: I received no compensation for this post. I participated because I believe in the mission. However, you have the opportunity to win this this gift pack provided by National Park Trust.

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Kids to Parks Giveaway Prize Package Contents

"Buddy Bison” mascot stuffed animal, 2 National Geographic Books (National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks and National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.), a CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle, a T-shirt, and a NPT Park Activity Guide ($75 value.) 

The give-away starts today and ends at midnight on Tuesday, May 19th.  The winner will be posted here on Wednesday, May 20th.

Will you participate? Share you plans in the comments. Even better, once you get home, let us know what you did!

Remember, register at ·         http://parktrust.org/youthprograms/national-kids-to-parks-day