WASHINGTON, D.C. - U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.) applauded the passage of a bipartisan resolution that encourages children to get outdoors by designating May 19 National Kids to Parks Day.
First celebrated by the National Park Trust in 2011, the eighth annual Kids to Parks Day marks the beginning of a summer-long series of events at parks countrywide that promote outdoor recreation and active, healthy living.
“Our national parks and public lands are outdoor classrooms with endless opportunities to learn and make memories,” said Senator Heinrich. “Connecting kids to the outdoors can inspire a lifelong connection to conservation, while reaping all of the health benefits that go along with an active lifestyle. I encourage families to celebrate and explore the outdoors at Kids to Parks Day events taking place in New Mexico and across the country.”
More than 1 million people participated in last year’s Kids to Parks Day, according to the National Park Trust.
The resolution was introduced by U.S. Senators Martin Heinrich (D-N.M.), Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Lamar Alexander (R-Tenn.), Mazie K. Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.).