Healthy Parks Healthy People

Woman holding a yoga pose next to a Joshua tree

NPS / Hannah Schwalbe

Give yourself the gift of better health with a walk in the park. Healthy Parks Healthy People is a global movement that harnesses the power of parks and public lands in contributing to a healthy society. It is founded on the idea that parks can be gateways to good health—providing fun, accessible places to get some physical activity and to relax and enjoy time with family and friends.

Here are just a few reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the park.

  • Visiting a park is a great way to enjoy outdoor fun with friends and family.
    Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
  • Being in nature can improve your mood.
  • Contact with nature through parks improves all people's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  • Parks foster social connections, which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social well-being.
  • For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive, and social benefits.
  • For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
  • Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.
Learn more about the Healthy Park Healthy People movement in national parks.

There are more than 400 national parks across the country with countless recreational opportunities to connect people to nature for their health, including many ranger programs and special events.

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  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Valley Forge National Historical Park

    Trail Tuesdays with the Valley Forge Park Alliance

    Tuesday, October 2, 2018

    Every Tuesday Weekly

    Join us for Trail Tuesdays as we walk, talk, get healthy, and be happy! Walk is for all fitness levels. Dogs and strollers welcome.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Meet at the Visitor Center Parking Lot
    • Fees: Free
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Wednesday, October 3, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Thursday, October 4, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Stewardship at the Summit

    Friday, October 5, 2018

    Come help out the park and the 'aina (land) by cutting invasive himalayan ginger (Heydechium gardnerianum) on park trails.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
    • Location: Kīlauea Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free event - Park entrance fees apply
  • Friday, October 5, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Join a ranger for some exercise and education.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 11:00 AM
    • Location: Visitor Center
    • Fees: Free
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Hiʻiaka & Pele

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Discover two fascinating Hawaiian goddesses, sisters Pele and Hiʻiaka.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Hawaiʻi Volcanoes National Park Kahuku unit - Hwy 11 near mile marker 70.5
    • Fees: Free Event
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Join Sheldon Ball’s great-grandson for a hike through pine forest, heathland, sea cliffs, and beach.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: 111 North Pamet Road, Truro
    • Fees: Free
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Saturday, October 6, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Saturday, October 6, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Outdoor Adventure Festival

    Sunday, October 7, 2018

    The three-day festival celebrates the natural beauty and cultural heritage of the region.

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    • Time: 7:00 AM
    • Location: Region-wide but starts at the Indiana Dunes Visitor Center, 1215 N State Road 49 Porter, Indiana
    • Fees: Free but registration required
  • Sunday, October 7, 2018

    Everyday

    Check the Schedule for Days and Times

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Hopewell Furnace National Historic Site

    Apple Picking

    Monday, October 8, 2018

    Pick your own apples from park's apple orchard.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
    • Location: Park Orchard
    • Fees: $1 per pound of apples picked
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