JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri State Parks encourages all Missourians to get out in a park on National Kids to Parks Day, May 19. This national event is sponsored by the National Park Trust and endorsed by Missouri State Parks.

Missouri Gov. Jay Nixon proclaimed May 19 as Kids to Parks Day in Missouri and encouraged Missourians of all ages to get outside and enjoy our state and local parks.

“Connecting a child with the outdoors provides physical, mental and spiritual benefits. We encourage you to head out to the park of your choice for a fun-filled day in the outdoors,” said Bill Bryan, director of Missouri State Parks, a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.

Missouri is home to award-winning state and local parks. Parks provide an opportunity for children to engage in active lifestyles while experiencing all that nature has to offer. Whether it is a hike, a swim, or a bike ride all outdoor activities contribute to a healthy lifestyle.

Gov. Nixon created the Children in Nature Challenge to encourage activities that introduce children to nature year-round. Communities and families can participate in the challenge. Learn more about the challenge at

For more information on the National Kids to Parks Day, visit For more information on Missouri state parks and historic sites or to find events planned on May 19, go to Missouri State Parks is a division of the Missouri Department of Natural Resources.