Get out & ‘Find Your Park’ for National Parks & Recreation Month

Last Updated by Meagan Banta-Lewis on
July is National Parks & Recreation Month
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A 2010 study by the Kaiser Family Foundation established that young people now devote an average of more than seven hours a day to electronic media, or approximately 53 hours a week, which is more than a full-time job.

In an effort to reduce those hours, the National Parks Service supported by the National Parks Foundation, launched the Find Your Park campaign. This initiative is devoted to getting people outdoors to connect with what they have to offer.  

Getting outdoors is valuable for youth in developing social, psychological, academic and physical health. According to the Natural Learning Initiative, connecting children with nature is beneficial in the following ways: 

  • Supports creativity and problem solving
  • Enhances cognitive abilities
  • Encourages physical activity
  • Reduces stress

Find Your Park is about the American public getting involved with nature, celebrating history and culture, and making new discoveries. This initiative encourages the American people to visit state and local parks, trails, museums, historic sites, etc.

This movement is building a community that enjoys nature and provides a direct online platform for sharing photos and videos that illustrate their Find your Park story.

For ideas on getting involved with the outdoors, visit the PBS Kids website and check the Find Your Park website to discover parks near you.