Give yourself the gift of good health by enjoying a picnic in a park near you on International Picnic Day! Saturday, June 18, 2016, the National Park Service is celebrating International Picnic Day as a National Park Service Healthy Parks Healthy People Centennial event by encouraging the American public to get outdoors and enjoy a picnic in the park with family and friends. It's simple, fun, and it can be good for your health.
Picnic in the Park Day: June 18, 2016
Eight reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the park on Park Rx Day!
- Being in nature can improve your mood.
- A picnic in the park is a great way to enjoy a good meal and 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.
- 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.
With more than 400 national parks across the country, there are many great ways that you can enjoy Picnic in a Park Day. Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Join a ranger led hike, talk, or a sled dog demonstration at Denali National Park and Preserve.
- Enjoy a prairie walk at Pipestone National Monument or Homestead National Monument, a nature discovery walk at Congaree National Park, or enjoy sunset yoga at Cabrillo National Monument.
- Climb the stairs on a house tour at James A. Garfield National Historic Site.
- Get your kids out hiking with Jeff Alt, author of the book "Get Your Kids Out Hiking" at Shenandoah National Park.
- Take part in a morning walk or run in Greenbelt Park with Prince Georges County Running Club, Enjoy a leisurely-paced, four-mile bike ride at Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, or a two-mile walk along the Bluestone National Scenic River.
- Listen to a waterfall talk at Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
- Join the Centennial Iron Ranger Challenge by logging healthy recreational activities at Pea Ridge National Park, or any of the national parks in Arkansas.
- Walk up to the pier and get paddling for all skills and abilities, including beginners, at Gateway National Recreation Area.
Find Your Park for a healthier you! It might be closer than you think. You can also share your story so others can see what finding your park means to you. Post pictures to social media during your picnic to #picnicinthepark, #findyourpark, and #encuentratuparque.