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Lace Up Your Sneakers for National Kids to Parks Day Tomorrow

May 18, 2012, 6:34 PM, Posted by NewPublicHealth


The National Park Trust, a non-profit group based in Rockville, Md., that identifies new park lands for acquisition and helps connect kids with parks, is hosting the second annual Kids to Parks Day tomorrow. The Trust has joined up with partners including the Department of the Interior and the American Academy of Pediatrics to host the events. Activities in cities across the country will include a baseball clinic with the Washington (DC) Nationals baseball team, family fishing in Middlebury, Conn., and a bike to the park program in Decatur, Ga. (only bikes are allowed in the parking lot!). Look for park activities in your area.

Past tomorrow, the Interior Department’s America's Great Outdoors Report has descriptions of the national parks in your area, many free and staffed with rangers eager to plan activities. Call ahead—some parks are accessible by local public transportation, so you may not need to take the car.

This commentary originally appeared on the RWJF New Public Health blog.