TALLAHASSEE –The Florida Department of Environmental Protection’s Florida Park Service will celebrate National Kids to Parks Day on Saturday, May 18. Parents are encouraged to celebrate by bringing their children to a state park for a picnic, a hike in the woods or a refreshing swim.
“National Kids to Parks Day provides a wonderful opportunity for families to experience Florida’s natural beauty with a fun day outside,” said Florida Park Service Director Donald V. Forgione. “This Saturday, gather your kids and friends and head to a Florida state park to explore nature and enjoy our famous sunshine.”
Many of Florida’s state parks have organized special events appropriate for children and families for Saturday, May 18:
Civil War Weekend
9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Orman House Historic State Park
Topsail Nature Hike
Topsail Hill Preserve State Park
Santa Rosa Beach
Fort George Island Cultural State Park
Turtles and Reptiles Program
O’Leno State Park
Gamble Rogers Memorial State Recreation Area
10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Lake Louisa State Park
Disasters & Dreams Powerpoint Program
Sebastian Inlet State Park
Silver River State Park
Self-Guided Scavenger Hunt
10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Tomoka State Park
Third Saturday Photo Challenge
Washington Oaks Gardens State Park
Music in the Park
Highlands Hammock State Park
Cayo Costa Heritage Day
9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Cayo Costa State Park
Werner-Boyce Salt Springs State Park
Introduction to Kayak Fishing
John D. MacArthur Beach State Park
North Palm Beach
Jonathan Dickinson State Park
National Kids to Parks Day is a nationwide grassroots movement which was established as part of the National Park Trust’s ongoing efforts to connect youth across the country with nature and encourage them to explore outdoors – especially at parks in their communities. National Kids to Parks Day is held on the third Saturday every May and is responsible for bringing more than 100,000 kids and families to parks.