Did you know September 24 is National Public Lands Day?

On this day, hundreds of thousands of Americans will come together to celebrate, play, support and volunteer in our nation’s public lands.

Parks-4-Kids Campaign

To commemorate National Public Lands Day, as well as the 2016 National Parks Centennial, The San Diego Foundation is supporting an initiative by the Outdoor Foundation, outdoor recreation companies, nonprofits and schools to get local youth outdoors.

The campaign, Parks4Kids, encourages local leaders and philanthropists to support projects that offer youth in our region opportunities to explore nature.

The campaign offers a first-of-its-kind online fundraising platform to raise funds for local nonprofit organizations and schools bringing students into nature to learn and enjoy, and develop the next generation of environmental stewards.

September 24 begins a “double your impact week” when all donations will be matched 1:1 (up to $15,000) by our partners at the Outdoor Foundation and their member companies in the outdoor recreation industry. The local campaign features 15 pilot projects all over San Diego County, and is part of a larger nationwide campaign.

Local projects include local schools such as Stephen W. Hawking II STEAM Charter School and High Tech Elementary North County, as well as nonprofit organizations like Anza Borrego Foundation, Buena Vista Audubon Society, San Diego Audubon Society and the San Diego River Park Foundation.

The Climate Science Alliance – South Coast Climate Kids program, for example, will get approximately 2,000 students outside in nature for field trips to Cabrillo National Monument and create at least two bi-national events to bring students on both sides of the border together to learn about nature.

Get Involved

The campaign is only as successful as San Diegans are supportive. Getting involved is as easy as 1-2-3!

  1. Visit the Parks4Kids campaign and support a local project with a gift from $10, $25, $100 or more! Don’t forget, all donations will be matched 1:1 up to $1,000 from September 24 to October 1.
  1. Help spread the word on social media using the hashtag #SDParks4Kids, and tell your networks why ensuring the next generation of San Diegans have access to parks is important to you and our community.
  1. Join The San Diego Foundation at the upcomingLove for the Land”, event as part of the Weaving Movements series from our Center for Civic Engagement. The October 5 event will feature art and music, as well as environmental champions and civil rights leaders working to ensure all people have clean, healthy environments in which to live, work and play.

National Public Lands Day

National Public Lands Day, a tradition since 1994, is the last Saturday every September when people across the country unite in community service to ensure our public lands continue to be a vibrant, healthy and beautiful place for all to enjoy. These cherished public lands and parks are the places we all share as a nation, from beaches to mountains, rivers and forests, valleys and volcanoes. Enjoy free entry all day to many national public lands such as Joshua Tree or Cabrillo National Monument with friends and family.

Help get youth outside today

About Nicola Hedge, MPIA

Nicola Hedge, MPIANicola leads implementation of The San Diego Foundation’s environmental initiatives, working with donors, nonprofits, business and government partners to advance community efforts that protect our region’s clean air and water, natural resources and quality of life. Nicola joined The Foundation after working as a field research manager for a World Bank research project in rural Malawi and earning a master’s degree from UC San Diego’s School of International Relations and Pacific Studies.

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