National ParkRx Day

Surgeon General at ParkRx Day 2016

What is National ParkRx Day?

National ParkRx Day is a national celebration promoting the growing movement of prescribing parks and nature to patients to improve human health. Every year, it falls on the last Sunday of National Park Week. Additionally, National ParkRx Day encourages everyone to start seeing visits to parks and public lands as important parts of their health. In 2015, the U.S. Surgeon General released a call to action to promote walking and walkable communities. National ParkRx Day builds on this call to action and provides citizens with parks and green spaces to promote public health.

How can I participate in National ParkRx Day?

If you plan to host an event for National ParkRx Day, please fill out this survey so that we can add you to the communications list. 

We encourage anyone and any agency to celebrate National ParkRx Day. Whether you are a national park or a local community center, we all want our communities to live and thrive with ample time spent in parks and natural spaces for their health. To help you with planning your event, please take a look at the uploaded document, which will help you with the messaging and coordination of the day. 

2018 National ParkRx Day planning toolkit

For visual communications materials, visit this page to download assets. 


2018 Celebrations across the country



President William Jefferson Clinton Birthplace Home National Historic Site

Hope, AR


Tuscon, AZ

Chiricahua National Monument

Willcox, AZ

Coronado National Memorial

Hereford, AZ

Tumacácori National Historical Park

Tumacacori, AZ

CalRTA Educational Foundation

Sacramento, CA

City of Richmond-Community Services

Richmond, CA

Santa Barbara community collaborative

Santa Barbara, CA

Marin City Community Services District

Marin City, CA

Public Health Service

San Francisco, CA

Yosemite Medical Clinic

Yosemite National Park, CA

Groundwork Denver

Denver, CO

Jefferson County Public Health

Wheat Ridge, CO

NPS One Health

Fort Collins, CO

Unity Health Care

Washington, DC

George Washington University Physical Therapy

Washington, DC

National Mall and Memorial Parks

Washington, DC

NPS Rock Creek Park & NCRO

Washington, DC

City of North Port Parks and Recreation

North Port, FL

Hilliard Parks & Recreation

Hilliard, FL

Friends of Cascade Heights Community Associatioscade Springs Nature Preserve

Atlanta, GA

The Piedmont Parks Conservancy

Atlanta, GA

Just Walk! A Program of Walk with a Doc

Decatur, GA

Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

Hawaii National Park, HI

REI Co-op

Chicago, IL

Wheaton Park District-Lincoln Marsh Natural Area

Wheaton, IL

Gibson Woods Nature Preserve/Lake County Parks

Hammond, IN

Mammoth Cave National Park

Mammoth Cave, KY

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve

New Orleans, LA

Nature Treatment

South Lee, MA

Accokeek Foundation

Accokeek, MD

Greenbelt Park

Greenbelt, MD

Gateway Arch National Park

St. Louis, MO

George Washington Carver National Monument

Diamond, MO

City of Salem Parks and Recreation Department

Salem, MO

Glacier National Park

West Glacier, MT

City of Concord Parks and Recreation

Concord, NC

Gateway National Recreation Area, Sandy Hook Unit

Highlands, NJ

Petroglyph National Monument

Albuquerque, NM

Lake Mead National Recreation Area

Boulder City, NV

Statue of Liberty National Monument

Liberty Island, NY

National Museum of the United States Air Force

Dayton, OH


Peninsula, OH

Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Pittsburgh, PA

Steamtown National Historic Site

Scranton, PA

The Clearwater Conservancy of Central Pennsylvania

State College, PA

Cowpens National Battlefield

Gaffney, SC

Fort Pillow State Historic Park

Henning, TN

Roan Mountain State Park

Roan Mountain, TN

Guadalupe Mountains National Park

Salt Flat, TX

Morris Cardiovascular & Risk Reduction Center

Chester, VA

Prince William Forest Park

Triangle, VA

Shenandoah National Park

Luray, VA

Wolf Trap National Park for the Performing Arts

Vienna, VA

Nature Connection Guide

South Burlington, VT

Point Defiance Park, Metro Parks Tacoma

Tacoma, WA

Recreation Northwest

Bellingham, WA

Harpers Ferry National Historical Park

Harpers Ferry, WV

New River Gorge National River- Get Active in the Park

Glen Jean, WV

Devils Tower National Monument

Devils Tower, WY