• Youth make measurements near the water at Point Reyes as part of a survey of biodiversity in the park

    Interpretation and Education

Let's Move Outside

National parks are amazing places where exercise is disguised as adventure, and we sneak in some learning too.

- National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis

a girl and two boys talk to a park ranger on a trailLet's Move Outside encourages kids and their families to engage in outdoor activity that gets hearts pumping and bodies moving. Part of First Lady Michelle Obama's nationwide Let's Move campaign to end childhood obesity within a generation, the program is now underway in national parks across the nation.

Kids who complete at least one physical activity in pursuit of their Junior Ranger badge receive a sticker that designates them as a Let's Move Outside. Thousands of kids have earned the title while discovering that exercise can be a blast. From hiking and biking, to swimming, paddling, and horseback riding, these activities promise to be fun, healthy, and family friendly.

Almost all Let's Move Outside activities can be enjoyed by the entire family, and many are easily accessible from urban areas.

Check with the parks listed here to find official Let's Move Outside activities. You can also search the events calendar to see what's happening in other national parks.


Let's Move Outside national parks

Alabama
Natchez Trace Parkway

Alaska
Denali National Park and Preserve

Arizona
Grand Canyon National Park

Arkansas
Hot Springs National Park

California
Golden Gate National Recreation Area
Redwood National and State Parks
Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area
Sequoia & Kings Canyon National Parks

Colorado
Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park
Colorado National Monument
Curecanti National Recreation Area
Great Sand Dunes National Park and Preserve
Hovenweep National Monument

Florida
Big Cypress National Preserve
Biscayne National Park
Canaveral National Seashore
Everglades National Park
Gulf Islands National Seashore

Georgia
Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area

Idaho
Yellowstone National Park

Indiana
Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

Iowa
Effigy Mounds National Monument

Maine
Acadia National Park

Maryland
Assateague Island National Seashore
Catoctin Mountain Park
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway

Massachusetts
Boston Harbor Islands National Recreation Area

Michigan
Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

Minnesota
Mississippi National River and Recreation Area
Voyageurs National Park

Mississippi
Gulf Islands National Seashore
Natchez Trace Parkway
Vicksburg National Military Park

Missouri
Jefferson National Expansion Memorial

Montana
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Yellowstone National Park

Nebraska
Missouri National Recreational River

New Jersey
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

New York
Fire Island National Seashore

North Carolina
Blue Ridge Parkway
Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Ohio
Cuyahoga Valley National Park

Oklahoma
Washita Battlefield National Historic Site

Pennsylvania
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Eisenhower National Historic Site
Gettysburg National Military Park
Johnstown Flood National Memorial

South Dakota
Missouri National Recreational River

Tennessee
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
Natchez Trace Parkway

Texas
Padre Island National Seashore

Utah
Hovenweep National Monument
Natural Bridges National Monument

Virginia
Assateague Island National Seashore
Blue Ridge Parkway
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Manassas National Battlefield Park
Prince William Forest Park
Shenandoah National Park

Washington
Mount Rainier National Park
Olympic National Park

Washington, D.C.
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Fort Dupont Park
George Washington Memorial Parkway
Rock Creek Park

West Virginia
Chesapeake & Ohio Canal National Historical Park
Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
New River Gorge National River

Wyoming
Bighorn Canyon National Recreation Area
Yellowstone National Park

Additional sites to explore

President's Council on Sports, Fitness and Nutrition
Let's Move on Facebook
Let's Move! Meetups
WebRangers
Events and Adventures
America's Great Outdoors


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