Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Fun Freetime: Enjoying National Parks!

In honor of Earth Day (tomorrow, April 22!), I have the chance to share some great tips and tricks for family fun in our national parks!

·      Enjoy: There are few more beautiful places to picnic than our national parks, which also offer other ways to spend quality time with your family:
·      Exercise: You can run, hike, bike, swim and even do yoga in our national parks! Bring lots of water and wear light-colored clothing to keep you cool. The Healthy Parks, Healthy People program also offers organized activities for families and children.
·      Learn: National parks are our country’s biggest classroom, protecting and preserving our vast landscapes, history and culture. And Parks for Play is a National Park Foundation program that offers educational family activities in 35 of our national parks.
·      What To Bring:
o Bring a hat and sunglasses to protect you from the sun
o   Don’t forget a camera
o   Bring a bag or backpack filled with the essentials – water, snacks and a map of the park

In addition, you can participate in Find Your Park, a new campaign celebrating 100 years of the National Park Service and encouraging the next generation – and those who already know and love the parks – to get up, get out and Find Your Park! The White HouseFirst Lady Michelle Obama (see below), Mrs. Laura Bush and celebrities including Bill Nye and Bella Thorne are also lending their efforts to the initiative.

Share your family stories and photos on social media with #FindYourPark and go to FindYourPark.com to find your local park. With more than 400 parks across the country, there’s one closer than you think!

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