Get ready to get outside this weekend. Saturday is National Kids to Parks Day, and events are planned at state and national parks across the country to celebrate. Sponsored by the National Park Trust, this second annual event is dual purpose, hoping to spur attendance at national parks while curtailing obesity rates that seem to be on the up and up.
Parks around the country will be offering a wide array of events to attract families into their parks. Look for bird watching in California, fishing in Connecticut and biking in Georgia. They’ll even be doing volcano restoration in Hawaii. Head to the National Kids to Parks Day website to find an event in your area.
Here in Virginia, all 35 state parks are participating with various activities to help kids and families discover the parks. For example, Belle Isle State Park in Lancaster is hosting a mini-Olympics with disc throwing and a fun run while Douthat State Park is holding a scavenger hunt around the park.
Beyond my home state, Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona is holding a Wildlife Day. Orienteering is the name of the game at Brandywine Creek State Park in Delaware. And in Lousiana, kid and families can participate in geocaching, campfire cooking and group bike rides. Sounds like such a great day!
Many parks will also have special opportunities to earn Junior Ranger badges. At the Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts, which is about 20 minutes from my house, they will be hosting a special Junior Ranger Day, one of three to be held this year. We’ll be able to pick up an activity booklet and if we complete seven of the nine sections, we’ll be able to pick up a special badge.
If you head out tomorrow, make sure to read the recent posts I wrote during National Park Week for 30 things to do in our national parks. You can see the posts here and here. Are you planning to get outside for National Kids to Parks Day? If you do, let me know how the day went.
Photo Credit: Take a Hike Arizona