News Release 064

Governor proclaims May 18 National Kids to Parks Day

Volume 39-064 (For Immediate Release)
For more information: 573-751-1010

Gov. Jay Nixon has proclaimed May 18 as National Kids to Parks Day in the state and encouraged Missourians of all ages to get outside and enjoy our state and local parks. This national event is sponsored by the National Park Trust and endorsed by Missouri State Parks.

“Whether visiting a local municipal park or one of our state parks and historic sites, the opportunities for enjoying nature are nearly endless,” said Gov. Nixon. “Participating in activities at our parks, from hiking to fishing, create meaningful family memories that contribute to a life-long appreciation of the outdoors.”

Gov. Nixon created the Children in Nature Challenge to encourage activities that introduce children to nature year round. Communities and families can participate in the challenge and learn more at

Missouri is home to award-winning state and local parks that provide an opportunity for children to engage in active lifestyles, while experiencing all that nature has to offer. More than 30 events are sponsored by Missouri State Parks on May 18 to encourage families to take an outdoor adventure at a state park or historic site.

“Research shows that children today are spending more time indoors than in previous generations,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources. “Connecting a child with the outdoors provides both physical and psychological benefits, and I would encourage families to take this opportunity to see all our parks and historic sites have to offer.”

For more information on the National Kids to Parks Day, visit For more information on events planned on May 18 at Missouri State Parks and Historic Sites, go to Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.