2019 Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities Program

The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program is now accepting applications for awards for eleven grantee communities in 2019. The Safe Routes to Parks Activating Communities program provides tailored technical assistance for eleven communities to develop Safe Routes to Parks action plans and awards $12,500 to each community to begin implementation of those plans.

From February through September 2019, the Safe Routes to School National Partnership will provide training, individualized consultation and technical assistance, peer community learning exchanges, an in-person workshop in their community, and grants of $12,500 each to develop and begin to implement Safe Routes to Parks action plans. At the end of the grant period, awardees will have a customized action plan to improve safe, equitable local park access that includes ideas for how to fund and sustain their efforts and will have implemented at least one action from the plan.

Find more information about the program and instructions on how to apply.

Map of Play from KaBoom

Kids have boundless energy — but when they keep it bottled up, it’s bound to explode at the dinner table. KaBoom can help! Map of Play, KaBoom’s free community-generated guide to parks and playgrounds, can help you find a PLAYce for kids with a simple tap of a button. There is no downloading involved — just go to on your phone the next time the kiddos get restless. You can also add playspaces and write reviews to help out other parents and caregivers in your community.

National Park Week – April 16 to 24, 2016


National Park Week, April 16 to 24, 2016, is America’s largest celebration of national heritage. It’s about making great connections, exploring amazing places, discovering open spaces, enjoying affordable vacations, and enhancing America’s best idea—the national parks! It’s all happening in your national parks.

The National Park Service is once again partnering with the National Park Foundation, the official charity of America’s national parks, to present National Park Week, a presidentially proclaimed celebration of our national heritage.

Now’s The Time!
Plan your visit by what you want to do or where you want to go. Here are some highlights during National Park Week:

  • April 16–24: Visit for free!
    Throughout National Park Week in 2016, every national park will give you free admission!
  • April 16: National Junior Ranger Day
    Explore, Learn, Protect! Kids can take part in fun programs and earn a junior ranger badge or become a Centennial Junior Ranger.
  • April 22: Earth Day
    On Earth Day, if you want to roll up your sleeves and pitch in with a project, look for a park where you can help out.
  • April 23: National Park Instameet
    Join an InstaMeet in a park. Gather in a designated place at a specific time to take photos and short videos to post on Instagram (and other social media) with the same hashtag: #FindYourParkInstaMeet, #FindYourPark, #EncuentraTuParque, #NPS100
  • April 24: Park Rx Day
    On Park Rx Day, parks will host fun recreational activities that encourage healthy lifestyles and promote physical and mental well being. (Looking to host your own event? Download A Guide to Planning Your Own National Park Rx Day Celebration [561KB PDF]).

Don’t forget to check out There you can share your national park photos, videos, and tips. While you’re there, learn all about the ways you can help support your national parks all year round.

Try something new this year. Find your park!

Every Kid in a Park Offers Free Admission to National Parks

ParksBeginning this month, fourth graders can sign up online to receive a voucher that grants entrance to the student and a carload of passengers to federal recreation areas for a year.

You can start planning your next adventure by visiting the National Park Service website and using the Find a Park tool. Select a park from the drop-down list or choose a state from the map. With more 400 parks to choose from, you can get a little help picking one when you check out the featured events or search the calendar by state, park and dates.

For more information about the program, visit

If you plan on participating in the Every Kid in a Park program, be sure to check out these healthy campfire cooking ideas. Brought to you by Healthiest Weight Florida, the Healthy Campfire Cooking Program is designed to create opportunities for park visitors to try healthier camping foods while learning new recreational skills.