Heinrich Announces Kids To Parks Day

Resolution Kicks Off Summer Events to Encourage Children To Live Active Lifestyles

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Today, U.S. Senator Martin Heinrich (D-N.M), the ranking member on the Subcommittee on National Parks, joined U.S. Senators Ron Wyden (D-Ore.), Rob Portman (R-Ohio), Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii), and Cory Booker (D-N.J.) to promote active lifestyles for America's children by introducing a resolution to mark Kids to Parks Day. Started in 2011 with the National Park Trust, the fifth annual Kids to Parks Day on May 16, 2015 kicks off a summer-long series of events at local, state and national parks.

"Our public lands are uniquely American and offer endless opportunities for kids to explore, learn, and play," said Sen. Heinrich. "Whether it's walking to the local park down the street or hiking and camping in a national park, getting outside with our kids can inspire a lifelong connection to conservation, while reaping all of the health benefits that go along with an active lifestyle."

Senator Heinrich is a lead proponent of enhancing outdoor recreation opportunities for families across New Mexico. Just last week, he introduced S.1078, the Healthy Kids Outdoors Act, a bill to make it easier for kids to connect with the outdoors and realize the many physical and mental health benefits associated with a more active, outdoor lifestyle.

To find a list of Kids to Parks Day events near you, go here.