National Park Trust's Buddy Bison says, "Ready, Set, Play...May 18 is National Kids to Parks Day"

May 02, 2013, 17:22 ET from National Park Trust

WASHINGTON, May 2, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Get outside and play! Visit and join families across the country that will participate in National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18, 2013. For the third consecutive year, the National Park Trust and organizations including the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Children & Nature Network, the NFL Players Association, America's State Parks, the National Wildlife Federation, and the U.S. Department of the Interior are coming together to celebrate the great outdoors and support the First Lady's Let's Move Outside! initiative (see complete of list of all 18 national partners:


Join in the fun as over 300 cities, towns and parks host free, outdoor events for kids and families.  This year, six governors (from Arkansas, Colorado, Missouri, Mississippi, Texas and Vermont) have issued state proclamations to commemorate National Kids to Parks Day.  More than 108,000 people participated in local events in 2012, and nearly 95,000 have already registered for 2013. For a full list of events go to 

Thanks to the generous support of Southern Company Charitable Foundation, Caesars Foundation, Booz Allen Hamilton, Cigna Foundation, The North Face and CamelBak, National Park Trust has been able to connect kids to parks this spring through its Buddy Bison education initiative and National Kids to Parks Day School Contest that awarded 42 classroom scholarships.

"We want to inspire children to love the outdoors, to choose an active lifestyle, and to be future park stewards," said Grace Lee, National Park Trust Executive Director.  "We hope parents will take this opportunity to have some fun and enjoy one of our many amazing parks around the country." 

SOURCE National Park Trust