Virginia state parks to celebrate National Kids to Parks Day

VIRGINIA - If you are looking for family-friendly activities for the weekend, the Virginia State Parks may have what you need.  Saturday, May 17th, is National Kids To Parks Day.

The day, sponsored by the National Park Trust, is designed to get kids outdoors and into parks.  It also promotes environmental friendliness as well as a healthy lifestyle.

Several events are planned across the state for children and their families.

Here is a list of activities in our region:

Grayson Highlands State Park, in Wilson, VA, will host a scavenger hunt and easy clay craft at 1:00 p.m.  At 2:30 p.m., meet at Massie Gap for a wild pony hike! At 8:00 p.m., participants can learn about slimy salamanders at the Campground Amphitheater.

Hungry Mother State Park, in Duffield, VA, will host a crafting event to customize your own hiking stick at 9:00 a.m. at the Discovery Center. At 11:00 a.m., a nature scavenger hunt will take place; it begins in Parking Lot 3.  A critter crawl begins at 1:00 p.m., and for a look at native animals, meet at the Discovery Center at 3:00 a.m.

Natural Tunnel State Park, in Duffield, VA, will host a birding hike starting at 8:30 a.m.

New River Trail State Park, in Meadows, VA, will host several outdoor events starting at 1:00 p.m. at the Discovery Center.

Southwest VA Museum State Park, in Big Stone Gap, VA, holds its Gathering in the Gap Music Festival.

Wilderness Road State Park, in Ewing, VA, will host a bicycle rodeo and stargazing event, which begins at 1:00 p.m.

For more information about National Kids to Parks Day and to search for programs and events outside of Virginia, visit the National Park Trust website at:

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