Started in 2001, OK Kids events have introduced thousands of Kansas youngsters to the outdoors. These programs operate on a financial grant award from the Kansas Wildscape Foundation with generous support from the Charles and Joanne McIlwaine Foundation. Grant money is used for prizes, food and other gear necessary for the event. Most programs are held from April to October and many are in Kansas state parks. These programs have gained popularity and various recreation centers have jumped on board to host their own OK Kids events.