National Park and Recreation Month


July is National Park and Recreation Month! The National Recreation and Park Association (NRPA) exists to promote public parks, recreation, and conservation. Children with access to safe parks and recreation are more likely to participate in physical activity,¹ so parks play a critical role in children’s health. This month, get your children outside and utilize the plethora of activities provided by parks and recreational activities!

Here are some ways you and your family can participate in National Park and Recreation Month!

  • Playgrounds: Playgrounds provide all kinds of activities that young children especially will enjoy. Equipment like monkey bars help children build strong bones and muscles. Also, taking turns on the equipment can help children learn manners and sharing.
  • Fishing: Fishing is a fun way to enjoy the outdoors and get physical activity without overly exerting yourself on a hot July day. State parks with bodies of water are often available for fishing as long as you have a fishing license and abide by state regulations.
  • Boating and paddling: Many state parks have bodies of water flowing through them. These provide great opportunities to see the beauty of the park while getting physical activity by boating through the park. Oftentimes you can rent a canoe, kayak, or paddleboat to explore the water.
  • Rock climbing: While children should learn to climb indoors before trying outdoor climbing, rock climbing is a great strength-building activity. Older, more experienced children may enjoy climbing outdoors under adult supervision and with an appropriate permit from the park office.

Whether you visit a local park or a state park, you’re sure to find activities the whole family will enjoy! To find a park near you, visit

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