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

    Thursday, October 18, 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 18, 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 19, 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
  • Friday, October 19, 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 20, 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 20, 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

    Birth of Kahuku

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Join us in exploring the rich geologic history of Kahuku.

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    • Time: 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM
    • Location: Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park Kahuku Unit - Hwy 11 near mile marker 70.5
    • Fees: Free event
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore

    Fall Colors Hike

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Join a ranger for a fall colors hike on the Chellberg Farm Trail.

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    • Time: 1:00 PM to 3:00 PM
    • Location: Chellberg Farm
    • Fees: Free
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area

    Octivities

    Saturday, October 20, 2018

    Join us for an afternoon of traditional Halloween activities and celebrations and an evening with guided lantern tours of the darker side of the late 19th century.

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    • Location: Millbrook Village
    • Fees: Free
  • Hawai'i Volcanoes National Park

    Stewardship at the Summit

    Saturday, October 20, 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
  • Saturday, October 20, 2018

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

    Apple Picking

    Sunday, October 21, 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
  • Sunday, October 21, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Monday, October 22, 2018

    Everyday

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    • Location: Haleakalā Visitor Center (9,740 ft)
    • Fees: No Fee
  • Tuesday, October 23, 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 23, 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 24, 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 24, 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 25, 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 25, 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 26, 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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