Visit & Explore Your National Parks (esp. For 4th Graders, Take Advantage of Your FREE PASS) !
Dear Friends & Neighbors,
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Did you know that our National Parks remove 14.8 million metric tons of carbon dioxide from the air each year?
Did you know that within 2 hours of your home, no matter where you live in USA, there’s a site or National Park waiting for you to visit and explore?
Click and view the videos on “National Parks of America and North America below:
In the effort to engage, educate, and create our next generation of park visitors, supporters, and advocates, a new White House youth initiative is developed: Every Kid in a Park program.
This program is ready to get all 4th graders and their families to experience the places that are home to our country’s natural treasures, rich history, and vibrant culture FREE OF CHARGE ! The White House, in partnership with the Federal Land Management agencies, launched the Every Kid in a Park initiative. The immediate goal is to provide an opportunity for each and every 4th grade student across the country to experience their federal public lands and waters in person throughout the 2015-2016 school year, until August 31, 2016. Started in September 1, 2015, all kids in the fourth grade have access to their own Every Kid in a Park pass at www.everykidinapark.gov.
This pass provides free access to national parks, national forests, national wildlife refuges, and more!
As part of the Foundation’s Open OutDoors for Kids program, the Every Kid in a Park transportation grants seek to remove barriers to accessing our nation’s public lands and waters, with a special focus on underserved and urban communities. With cutbacks in school funding for field trips, this strategic funding will help provide comprehensive access to all federal sites, including national parks, forests, wildlife refuges and public lands and waters. Transportation grants were recently awarded to the federal agencies participating in the program which include the National Park Service, Forest Service, Army Corps of Engineers, Bureau of Land Management, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Reclamation, and National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. By the way, I just want to quickly add Happy 100th Birthday to National Park Service!
Check out the list of current Every Kid in a Park projects.
There are a few things to remember:
- You need to print your pass and bring it with you when you visit the National Parks. Electronic copies aren’t accepted.
- Your pass has a unique code. That means you can’t copy it and give it to your friends. Encourage your friends to get their own pass if they’re in the fourth grade.
- This program only provides passes for fourth graders.
- Current third graders can get their fourth-grade passes starting on September 1, 2016.
So, 4th graders, 4th graders’ parents and educators, don’t wait much longer because you have only 4 more months to enjoy this FREE PASS of biking through a forest, walking in a desert, or seeing a whale bursting through the ocean’s surface, and much much more….
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