When my daughters’ proclaimed “National Parks are boring” during a family vacation planning meeting, I knew we needed to get the kids to parks. We accomplished this last year during the 100th Anniversary of the founding of the National Park Service, during an epic RV National Park Grand Circle tour of Zion NP, Cedar Breaks NM, Bryce Canyon NP, and Grand Canyon NP. To keep the momentum past 2016’s National Park Centennial, we’ve partnered with the National Park Trust for their 7th Annual Kids to Parks Day, Saturday, May 20, 2017. Continue reading for more details on Kids to Parks Day, and enter to win a pair of Northside USA shoes to blaze your own trail outside with the kids.
DISCLOSURE: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of National Park Trust and Northside Shoes. However, all opinions are my own.
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Must be 18 years of age or older to participate.
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During our National Park trip, we were wowed by the spectacular vistas and scenery, but, just as much, I treasured the moments we created together as a family – unscheduled and unplugged, reconnecting with nature, and reconnecting with each other.
That’s what Kids to Parks Day on May 20, 2017 is all about too. Helping kids and families develop more active, healthy lifestyles, and creating lifelong memories and educational opportunities. Northside USA believes you don’t need expensive, complex gear to enjoy the outdoors, and this small company creates affordable footwear to help get families outside.
During the 2016 National Park Centennial, in addition to our RV Circle Tour, we explored many of our protected lands from the Washington DC monuments…
to that “grand, gloomy, and peculiar place” underground in Kentucky…
to the spectacular fall foliage of Tennessee’s Smoky Mountains.
If you’re searching for other national park vacation ideas, you might want to check out:
- Hot Springs National Park (AZ) – Known as “America’s Spa,” Hot Springs National Park is home to 100 year old bathhouses as well as the only brewery inside a national park – Superior Bathhouse Brewery.
- Voyaguers National Park (MN) – Nestled among ancient forests, maze-like waterways, islands and peninsulas, this national park is perfect for the adventure seeker
- White Sands National Monument (NM) – Home to 275 miles of white gypsum sand – one of the world’s most impressive natural wonders – this national park allows visitors to sled down the face of the dunes as well as camp in one of it’s 10 campsites and explore over 10 miles of scenic roadways.
Volunteering for the National Park Service is also a great way to Find Your Park with the kids while giving back to communities at the same time. Most service trips include free time for hiking / exploration, as well as offer lodging for a fun and affordable volunteer vacation. You can check out current trips via The Sierra Club.
However, you don’t need to travel that far or spend a lot of money to get the Kids to Parks. In fact, just down the road from our Rochester, New York home is the “Grand Canyon of the East” – Letchworth State Park and world-famous Niagara Falls State Park is only a little more than an hour away. From National Parks to State Parks to your local park down the street, Northside USA shoes provides reliable, affordable footwear for families to enjoy their outdoor time together.
The National Park Trust (NPT) urges kids across the country to discover science, history, nature and adventure in a neighborhood park right around the corner or just across town during Kids to Parks Day. 2017’s Kids to Parks Day promises to be bigger than ever. In 2016, Kids to Parks Day had more than 730,000 participants in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and the goal is to have 900,000 people enjoy Kids to Parks Day all across the country. Northside USA is an official sponsor of Kids to Parks Day, and provides grants to schools for children to go on park trips in addition to donating the shoes for our giveaway. Click here to find a park event near you, and pledge to get your Kids to Parks on May 20, 2017.
Don’t forget to enter to win your own pair of Northside USA shoes for your Kids To Parks Day adventure.