Kids to Parks Day is a nationally coordinated day designed to connect kids and families with their local, state, and national parks. By discovering our public lands, kids across the country are learning about park stewardship, outdoor recreation, STEM, and history.
Virginia State Parks have special events planned to celebrate this day of outdoor play. The programs include walks and hikes, arts and crafts, learning about wildlife and the natural world, and outdoor activities like fishing, paddling, and archery. Programs vary by park so check out what each park is offering below.
Natural Bridge State Park Various Locations at the Park
Get ready for an entire day of outdoor fun as we celebrate National Kids to Parks Day. Natural Bridge State Park will be hosting a day in honor of kids as we encourage connection, exploration, and education of the great outdoors and our State and National Parks. Events will take place throughout the entire park from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. and will include: – Kids nature hikes and ‘Bluebird Monitoring 101’ – Learn how to geocache with a ranger – Kids crafts and bird house workshops – Become a Junior Steward or Rockbridge Ranger – Self-guided adventure quests, scavenger hunts, and hikes – Enjoy snacks and refreshments or your packed lunch at the Children’s Discovery Area – Dark Sky program where you can view the stars after dark with a ranger and learn about light pollution (Dusk-10 p.m.) …AND MORE!
Celebrate National Kids to Parks Day at Twin Lakes State Park, where rangers are providing opportunities for kids and adults alike to connect with nature. This year Twin Lakes will be offering the following free programs, which all meet near the concessions area: 10 a.m. – Lake Explorers The edges of our lakes feature a tiny world that is teeming with life.
Smith Mountain Lake State Park Discovery Center Pavilion
Hey, kids: turn off the television, put away the video games, and head over to the park with your family for some real FUN. 11 a.m. to Noon “Follow the Tracks” – Ever wonder what made those footprints you see when hiking a trail?
Meet at the Massie Gap parking area for a guided hike of Cabin Creek Trail to search for the critters in the creek and learn about the natural and cultural history of the park both present and past. The hike will be moderate with some rocky and wet terrain. Bring water, a snack, and good hiking shoes/boots.
With nature as your inspiration, create an artwork with the art supplies provided, to take home with you to remember your visit to Westmoreland State Park or have it displayed permanently inside our Discovery Center.