Are You Attending The ‘National Kids To Parks Day’?
National Park Trust is holding their first annual National Kids to Parks Day on May 21, 2011, where children nationwide and their families are invited to take part in a grassroots movement to celebrate America’s parks through play. The national kick off event is planned for the National Mall on Friday, May 20, 2011.
America’s State Parks, National Education Association (NEA), American Academy of Pediatrics, Children’s National Medical Center, Boy Scouts of America, Girl Scouts of the USA, US Army Corps of Engineers, Children & Nature Network, and the President’s Council on Fitness, Sports & Nutrition are in complete support of the First Lady’s Let’s Move Outside initiative to get more youth and families to be active and live healthier by achieving the Presidential Active Lifestyle Award (PALA). This event was founded as part of this initiative as it is recognized that kids are spending way to much time indoors and too little time appreciating America’s incredible national state and local parks. So far, over 1600 kids have committed to visit a park on Saturday, May 21 by signing up online at NPT’s Buddy Bison web site, the wooly mascot behind the program.
In honor of May 21st National Kids to Parks Day, the Buddy Bison web site now includes an area where kids can commit to visit a park and provides a slew of resources for outdoor, healthy living.
“Within hours of our www.BuddyBison.org website going live with Kids to Parks Day, children and families across America were registering online,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director of the National Park Trust. “We hope National Kids to Parks Day will encourage children across America to get out and play. This simple idea of playing in a park can potentially give millions of kids the reason to get active and get outside just as families prepare for summer.”
Families can sign up to be counted in the national tally by visiting the website. Also, when children visit the park on May 21st they can have their pictures posted online on a national map commemorating the day by tweeting or sending their photos to Buddy@BuddyBison.org.
Source: National Park Trust