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Let's Move! Museums and Gardens

What is Let's Move! Museum & Gardens?

American Public Gardens Association has worked in partnership with the Association of Children's Museums, the American Association of Museums, and the Institute for Museum and Library Services to develop Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens.  First Lady Michelle Obama announced Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens as part of her broader initiative to raise a healthier generation of kids.

In developing this campaign, American Public Gardens Association worked with the First Lady’s office to identify four priority areas where gardens can take action:

  • Each year, 200 million visits will be made to Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that have committed to offering interactive experiences that promote healthy eating and physical activity.
  • Each year, 20 million participants will engage in programming that includes healthy food choices and physical activity with emphasis on afterschool, summer and school-based programs.
  • Each year, 90% of Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that offer food service will already offer or will change their menu to offer food options that reflect healthy choices.
  • Each year 90% of Let’s Move! Museums and Let’s Move! Gardens that offer food service will incorporate interpretation about healthy food choices.

Currently over 500 public gardens in all fifty states are participating in Let's Move! Museums and Gardens through interactive exhibits, afterschool/summer programming, and food service that help young people to make healthy food choices and be physically active.

Pollinators are responsible for 1 out of 3 bites of food we take each day, and yet pollinators are at a critical point in their own survival. Many reasons contribute to their recent decline. We know for certain, however, that more nectar and pollen sources provided by more flowering plants and trees will help improve their health and numbers. Many of these public garden programs already make connections between pollinators and our own food supply. The First Lady launched the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge at her White House Kitchen Garden Harvest in June 2015.

Through the Million Pollinator Garden Challenge and Let’s Move! Museums & Gardens initiatives, Public Gardens move millions of individuals, kids, and families outdoors and make a connection between pollinators and the healthy food people eat.

To learn more, visit the IMLS website at imls.gov/letsmove.