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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  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Canoe Trip: Salt Pond Paddle

    Monday, August 20, 2018

    Take a leisurely paddle in the protected waters of the Salt Pond and nearby area of Nauset Marsh to explore its beauty and diversity.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Salt Pond Visitor Center amphitheater in Eastham.
    • Fees: $23 per adult, $18 per child 16 and under (minimum age 6).
  • Monday, August 20, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Canoe Trip: Salt Pond Paddle

    Tuesday, August 21, 2018

    Take a leisurely paddle in the protected waters of the Salt Pond and nearby area of Nauset Marsh to explore its beauty and diversity.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Meet at the Salt Pond Visitor Center amphitheater in Eastham.
    • Fees: $23 per adult, $18 per child 16 and under (minimum age 6).
  • Tuesday, August 21, 2018

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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, August 21, 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
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Join a ranger/photographer to discover remote and visually stunning areas of Cape Cod National Seashore with your camera.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Varies
    • Fees: $12.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Snorkeling - Discover Underwater Worlds

    Wednesday, August 22, 2018

    Explore the amazing underwater world of Cape Cod waters. Locations vary between a freshwater kettle pond and saltwater harbor in Truro.

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    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • Location: Varies
    • Fees: $15 per adult, $11 per child 16 and under.
  • Wednesday, August 22, 2018

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Canoe Trip: Salt Pond Paddle

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Take a leisurely paddle in the protected waters of the Salt Pond and nearby area of Nauset Marsh to explore its beauty and diversity.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Salt Pond Visitor Center amphitheater in Eastham.
    • Fees: $23 per adult, $18 per child 16 and under (minimum age 6).
  • Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Surfcasting 101

    Thursday, August 23, 2018

    Learn the basics of saltwater fishing and practice the skill, but don’t expect to bring home supper! No fishing license required.

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    • Time: 7:30 AM
    • Location: Meet at the Coast Guard station, Coast Guard Beach, at the end of Doane Road in Eastham.
    • Fees: $20 (minimum age 12).
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Dune Views Over East Harbor Hike

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Climb atop a parabolic dune to gain 360° views of ocean, cranberry bogs, harbor, and Provincetown.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Head Of the Meadow Bike Trail Parking Lot, Truro
    • Fees: Free
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Kayak the Outer Cape

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Paddle with a ranger in a meandering marsh, a captivating kettle pond, or a dune-sided lake. Locations vary weekly. All equipment provided.

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    • Location: Varies
    • Fees: $45, minimum age 12.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Snorkeling - Discover Underwater Worlds

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Explore the amazing underwater world of Cape Cod waters. Locations vary between a freshwater kettle pond and saltwater harbor in Truro.

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    • Time: 3:00 PM
    • Location: Varies
    • Fees: $15 per adult, $11 per child 16 and under.
  • Friday, August 24, 2018

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Yoga at the Cove

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Start your morning with the serenity of Cape Cod Bay and join a skilled ranger and certified yoga instructor for an interdisciplinary yoga class geared to all levels.

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    • Time: 9:00 AM
    • Location: Meet at Herring Cove Beach in Provincetown.
    • Fees: $11 per person.
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Yoga on the Beach

    Friday, August 24, 2018

    Stretch the body and spirit in the most serene of settings and join a skilled ranger and certified yoga instructor for an interdisciplinary class geared to all levels.

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    • Time: 7:30 AM
    • Location: Meet in the parking lot at Nauset Light Beach, at the intersection of Ocean View Drive and Cable Road in Eastham.
    • Fees: $11 per person.
  • Stones River National Battlefield

    Bicycle Tour of Stones River National Battlefield

    Saturday, August 25, 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
  • Cape Cod National Seashore

    Canoe Trip: Salt Pond Paddle

    Saturday, August 25, 2018

    Take a leisurely paddle in the protected waters of the Salt Pond and nearby area of Nauset Marsh to explore its beauty and diversity.

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    • Time: 2:00 PM
    • Location: Meet at the Salt Pond Visitor Center amphitheater in Eastham.
    • Fees: $23 per adult, $18 per child 16 and under (minimum age 6).
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018

    In the spirit of the popular television show “American Ninja Warrior,” tackle our Race Point Beach family-friendly, lowlying, obstacle course in the sand.

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    • Time: 10:00 AM
    • Location: Race Point Beach
    • Fees: Free
  • Saturday, August 25, 2018

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
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