May 16, 2020 marks the 10th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day, an annual day of outdoor exploration at local, state, and national parks and public lands across the country. Organized by National Park Trust, the mission of Kids to Parks Day is to foster future outdoor enthusiasts and help with developing the next generation of park stewards by engaging kids in memorable outdoor experiences. While discovering and exploring our parks, kids learn about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM and the history of our country and its amazing national treasures – because kids need parks and parks need kids!
Always hosted the third Saturday of May, Kids to Parks Day encourages kids and families to get outside and create their own adventure at thousands of local park events and programs.
COVID-19 has impacted everyone and has limited our ability to interact with our beloved national, local and state parks. With this in mind, National Park Trust has decided to take the 10th anniversary of Kids to Parks Day digital and instead celebrate May 16, 2020, as Parks to Kids Day–bringing a much-needed infusion of the outdoors to kids and families as they isolate at home and practice social distancing.
We know that this is not ideal but we also know that we are all in this together. We encourage kids and families to continue their celebration and join us by bringing the parks home on May 16th. Due to social distancing measures, this year we are bringing the parks to you! Below are several resources to help you celebrate the day.
Below are some at-home activities and distance learning opportunities, courtesy of the National Park Trust, to help bring the outdoors and parks to you. Enjoy!
Backyard Scavenger Hunt
Step outside into your own backyard, or visit one of our over 25 city parks (while following social distancing recommendations, of course) and see how many items you can find.
Learn About the Food Web
Learn about the food web. A food web is an interconnected set of many food chains. A food chain shows a series of events in an ecosystem in which organisms transfer energy by eating and being eaten. Download to learn more.
Leaf or Bark Rubbing
Go outside and find an interesting leaf or piece of bark. Grab some crayons or a pencil and download the activity sheet to get started.
Step outside into your own backyard, or visit one of our over 25 city parks (while following social distancing recommendations, of course) and find something that really interests you.
Listen to Nature
Step outside into your own backyard, or visit one of our over 25 city parks (while following social distancing recommendations, of course) and slow down and really listen. Download the sheet to record you findings.
Download this bingo game. Enjoy some outdoor activities then see if you get a BINGO!
Animals of National Park Crossword
Download Buddy Bison's Animals of National Parks Crossword puzzle and test your animal knowledge.
National Park Coloring Sheet
Learn more about the Statue of Liberty National Monument, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Padre Island National Seashore, Gateway Arch National Park, Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, and Katmai National Park & Preserve with these National Park Coloring Sheets.
Buddy Bison Coloring Sheet
Download and color your very own Buddy Bison, then take him out to visit your favorite park.
Buddy Bison Diorama
Now that you colored your own Buddy Bison, it's time to create your very own park home for him.
Design a Nature Collage
Step outside into your own backyard, or visit one of our over 25 city parks (while following social distancing recommendations, of course) and collect unique pieces of nature that you find on the ground. Download the sheet to create your very own collage.
Buddy Bison Comic Strip
Download this comic strip page and create your own adventure story of Buddy Bison enjoying your favorite park.