Bipartisan Measure Encourages Youth to Enjoy the Outdoors More

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senators Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) today announced their bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors and promote healthy outdoor recreation by designating May 20, 2023, as National Kids to Parks Day.

First celebrated by the National Park Trust, the 13th annual Kids to Parks Day marks the beginning of a summer-long series of events at state parks countrywide that promote outdoor recreation and active, healthy living.  It will be celebrated Saturday, May 20.

“Kids to Parks Day reminds us of all the benefits of children spending time outdoors.  The entire state of Mississippi is abounding in wonderful parks and natural spaces for kids to play and learn more about the world around them,” Hyde-Smith said.

“National Kids to Parks Day has become a yearly tradition for Oregon families – encouraging kids to enjoy the outdoors and explore our state’s natural treasures,” Wyden said.  “This day connects kids to the richness of the great outdoors while also teaching future generations the importance of preserving our open spaces and natural resources.  I’m proud to be part of this tradition and honor the benefits and beauty of the great outdoors.”

“Thirteen years ago, the National Park Trust established Kids to Parks Day to get more kids outside exploring our country's parks, public lands, and waters.  We applaud our Senate champions that have co-sponsored this resolution to promote this national day of outdoor play so we all can experience the numerous health and wellness benefits of the great outdoors,” said Grace Lee, Executive Director of the National Park Trust.

In designating National Kids to Parks Day, S.Res.226 states that the Senate “recognizes the importance of outdoor recreation and the preservation of open spaces for the health and education of the young people of the United States.”

U.S. Senators Steve Daines (R-Mont.), Shelly Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Susan Collins (R-Maine), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), Cory Booker (D-N.J.), and Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) cosponsored the resolution, which can be read here.

Click here to learn more about state parks administered by the Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks.