Land Management Agencies Reaches Fourth Graders, Families Through Free Every Kid Outdoors Pass

Alamogordo, NM- 10/8/2019 – The Lincoln National Forest invites fourth graders and their families to participate in the Every Kid Outdoors program that aims to introduce children to the great outdoors and establish a lifelong love of nature.

All fourth graders, or age equivalent, are eligible to receive the Every Kid Outdoors pass. The pass grants free entry for the fourth-grader, and their family, at over 2000 federally managed lands and water sites across the country between Sept. 1 and Aug. 30, 2020. Nearby places that honor the pass are White Sands National Monument, Sitting Bull Falls and Carlsbad Caverns.   Instructions on how to obtain an Every Kid Outdoors pass or voucher is available at www.everykidoutdoors.gov.

“Research shows children ages 9 to 11 are at a unique developmental stage in their learning where they begin to understand how the world around them works in more concrete ways,” said Lincoln National Forest Partnership Coordinator Allison Stewart. “We hope that by exposing children to the intricacies and importance of nature we will foster a generation of people that value our country’s natural resources.”   

The Forest Service Every Kid Outdoors program emphasizes recreation and conservation on national forests, grasslands and tallgrass or prairie. Every Kid Outdoors is a federal interagency effort that includes the Forest Service and six other federal agencies: U.S. Bureau of Land Management, U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, National Park Service, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.

Today, more than 80 percent of American families live in urban areas, and many lack easy access to safe outdoor spaces. At the same time, kids are spending more hours than ever in front of screens instead of outside. The Every Kid Outdoors program offers fourth-graders valuable opportunities to explore, learn, and play in the spectacular places that belong to us all and aims to inspire stewardship of these places for future generations.

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