Kids to Parks

Our Public Lands: Where Memories Are Made

Our national parks and public lands offer endless opportunities for kids to explore, learn, and play. Connecting kids to the outdoors, whether it’s playing in the local park down the street or hiking and camping in a national park, can inspire a lifelong connection to conservation, while reaping all of the health benefits that go along with an active lifestyle.

Last month, I worked to pass a bipartisan resolution designating May 20, 2017 as Kids to Parks Day. This year’s seventh annual Kids to Parks Day kicks off a summer-long series of events at local, state, and national parks. 

Our public lands are where memories are made, and I encourage New Mexico families to take advantage of the Kids to Parks events taking place across the state during the week of May 15th – 21st. Here are resources for Kids to Parks Day and visiting our treasured public lands in New Mexico: 

Join the conversation online using the hashtags: #KidsToParks & #FindYourPark

National Park Trust: List of New Mexico Kids To Parks Day Events

Our newest National Monuments in New Mexico: 

National Park Service: National Parks In New Mexico

New Mexico State Parks: Find A Park

Every Kid in a Park Pass: Fourth graders get free access to hundreds of parks, lands, and waters for an entire year

National Park Service: Junior Ranger Programs

Teaching with Historic Places, New Mexico Lesson Plans:

Additional Resources:

Wilderness Explorers Booklet

Discover Ways for the Family to Enjoy the Parks

NPF Kids Activity Map

As Junior Rangers, kids can help protect our national parks

Five ways to celebrate Kids to Parks Day 2017

Park Activities and Hiking Games Bordom Busters

Park Adventure Booklet

30 Things to Find at the Park

Color Scavenger Hunt for Kids 


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