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Join Buddy Bison in celebrating Kids to Parks Day

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Take a child to a park on Saturday, May 17, 2014 to celebrate Kids to Parks Day. The National Park Trust organized the day of play to encourage children to go outside and experience parks. Children love to explore and where better to exercise their imaginations and their muscles than in a local park.

Buddy Bison, the National Park Trust's mascot, sends out the message to children and their families to "explore outdoors, the parks are yours!"

Teachers will find it easy to introduce parks and public lands to their students and families with the material provided by the Kids to Parks Day program. It is designed to offer children from all communities an opportunity to take part in environmental education and learn about health and wellness gained through outdoor recreation.

People can pledge to go to a park on May 17 at the Kids to Parks website. On the site kids will find activity guides, an adventure book, outdoor experts and Buddy Bison's tips for planning the day.

These are a few of the parks in Central Florida with programs children can take part in on that Saturday:

  • Canaveral National Seashore (North) - 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Explore the Seashore via Digital Photography, an opportunity to explore the seashore with a digital camera while learning about the natural history of the dunes/beach environment
    If you have a digital camera you can bring it or use ours. Meet at Parking Lot #3.
  • Lake Louisa State Park - Nature Fest, 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., sponsored by The Friends of Lake Louisa State Park this family event is designed to raise awareness of outdoor recreation, how to stay safe while hiking, and being healthy in Florida
  • Neighborhood Lakes Preserve (Sorrento) - 8:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., Burrowing Owl Hike with park rangers to search for tiny burrowing owls and get a sneak peek into one of Lake County's newest preserves not yet open to the public

Children don't need to attend an event to take part in Kids to Parks Day, just visit a neighborhood park and spend some time on the playground or exploring a trail. For more information visit the Kids to Parks Day website.

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