The National Park Service and the National Park Trust will launch the first National Kids to Parks Day on the National Mall, Fri., May 20. After a kick-off ceremony, 500 students will rotate through activity stations that promote physical fitness and environmental conservation.
More than 150 mayors across the country have signed proclamations declaring May 21 as National Kids to Parks Day in their city or town. They are encouraging families to explore a local, state, or national park and spend quality time in America’s great outdoors.
National Kids to Parks Day is endorsed by First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Outside initiative, the U.S. Department of the Interior’s Youth in the Great Outdoors initiative, America’s State Parks, American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP), National Education Association (NEA), Children’s National Medical Center, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition and the National Environmental Education Foundation.
Friday’s event occurs at the NE/NW Quadrant of the Washington Monument Grounds at 15th and Constitution Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, beginning at 10 a.m. and continuing to noon.