August 08, 2013

By National Park Service

America’s National Parks: The Perfect Place Families

We all know that huge benefits come with getting your kids outdoors. Being outside provides an outlet for limitless energy and feeds ravenous curiosity, and studies have shown it may even improve performance in school. Yet, children today spend only half as much time in unstructured outdoor activity as their parents did when they were growing up. Getting outside can be a fun-filled way to inject learning and healthy activity into a child’s life, two things that our new partner,Sesame Street, is always eager to encourage.

If you’re looking for a sunny spot to visit, why not pack up the car and head to a national park where just-for-kids programs abound. Whether it is a day trip, an overnight or a week-long camp out, young explorers will find ample opportunities for adventure in America’s national parks. They can watch bears, deer, and hawks amid sequoias in the Sierras; learn the basic camping skills needed to spend a night outdoors under the stars; or explore centuries-old stone and log dwellings to discover how our ancestors lived – all the while nurturing a love for nature and history that will stay with them always.

To jump start the planning of our family’s national park adventure, the National Park Foundation, the official non-profit partner of the National Park Service, offers Parks for Play, a free, informational download. Discover helpful tips and insider info about park programs and activities perfect for all ages. Download your copy today. It’s free!

For even more inspiration about the fun to be had in national parks, watch and see what Elmo, Murray and the Sesame Street gang discover when they teamed up with the National Park Foundation and the National Park Service to explore the parks. Watch and see how your kids can share the same experiences.

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