There’s no better time get outside and explore with your family than spring and this weekend is no exception. This Saturday, grab the kids and enjoy a free adventure in your local state and national parks for Kids to Parks Day.

May 19 marks the 8th annual event and invites visitors to visit America’s parks for free. The celebration established by the National Parks Trust aims to get more families outdoors, making use of public lands and connecting with nature, especially those who are underserved. The day is also designed to encourage kids to learn about the environment and park stewardship, as well as lessons in American history and STEM.

There are hundreds of events, like guided hikes, volunteer opportunities and activities to help kids become Junior Rangers planned in parks across all 50 states. You can search for one near you using the Park Trust database. You can also download several free printable activities and guides to help you make the most out of your day at the park.

This year for the first time Kids to Parks is also partnering with Blue Star Families, a non-profit supporting military families. Together they will host specific events at certain parks for active duty military and their families.

Regardless of where you go, the important thing is just getting off the couch and away from screens for a day Whole you enjoy some family bonding time. You can share your adventures on social media with the hashtag #KidstoParks.

—Shahrzad Warkentin

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