At the end of March, I shared that on May 16th the National Park Trust is holding its 5th annual Kids to Parks Day, described as “a nation-wide day of outdoor play organized by National Park Trust (NPT) in cooperation with a host of local and national collaborators” by “encouraging children across the country to explore their neighborhood parks and discover science, history, nature and adventure right around the corner or just across town.” I stated that this is not just about visiting national parks, which would be great if that option is available for you. Any park will do!
Anyone who pledges to participate on the NPT website (here) will be entered to win a Nikon COOLPIX L830 camera (so far they have over 230,ooo pledges with a goal of 500,000). Also, I will host a giveaway here on this blog for some awesome nature and outdoor prizes provided by the NPT. Find out how to enter at the end of this post.
Another big item of news about national parks was the announcement in February by the Department of the Interior and the Obama administration that starting in the fall of 2015, every 4th grader in the United States and his or her family will receive annual parks pass to federal lands and waters, including national parks and monuments. Read the press release for the Every Kids in a Park Initiative here. And guess what? Our son will be in the 4th grade starting in September! The Grand Canyon is in our plans…
Last time I shared some memories and photos from Yellowstone National Park, during the time we lived in Bozeman, MT. Shortly after we moved to Oregon in May 2010, we took a trip to see family in California. We decided to visit Yosemite National Park for a couple of days and take our son camping (his first time). I don’t have a specific memory to share, except that this was my first trip to Yosemite despite having grown up in California. You see photos in books and on television, but nothing prepares you for the scale of the granite walls flanking the valley and the enormity of the trees. Enjoy these photos from our trip that summer:
So, plan to get outside as a family on May 16th for Kids to Parks Day (and pledge to participate)! If you’re in the Portland area, you can find a park to visit using the map tool from The Intertwine. If you like to share images on social media, use the hashtag #kidstoparks (or #buddybison if he’s in your photo). NPRT is on Facebook,Twitter, and Instagram. And now for the giveaway!
To enter for a chance to win a prize package from the National Park Trust, please comment on this post telling me about a memorable national park experience, either from your childhood or now with your own child/ren. The prize package consists of a “Buddy Bison” mascot stuffed animal, 2 National Geographic Books (National Geographic Secrets of the National Parks and National Geographic Kids National Parks Guide U.S.A.), a CamelBak BPA- and BPS-free reusable bottle, a T-shirt, and a NPT Park Activity Guide (a $75 value). From the entries I will randomly pick a winner. The contest will be open until Saturday, May 16, midnight PST. If you would like to enter without commenting on the blog, you can send me an email at darwinsbulldog AT gmail DOT com. Good luck!