Every Kid Outdoors Program Expansion Includes Both 4th & 5th Graders

The USDA Forest Service has announced it will expand its Every Kid Outdoors program to offer both fourth- and fifth-grade students and their families fee-free access to more than 2,000 sites on national forests and grasslands for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.

A new voucher is available for download now through Aug. 31, 2021. With the voucher, students can visit the Mt. Baker-Snoqualmie National Forest and use it to access areas where passes are required.

To make the holiday season bright, these students can also receive free Christmas Tree Cutting Permits.

The Forest Service hopes the announcement will encourage millions of families to use their free pass to visit the forest and experience the mental and physical benefits of the great outdoors.

Every Kid Outdoors is a federal public lands partnership created to inspire fourth-grade students and their families across America to recreate, explore cultures, discover connections to nature and spark a lifelong passion for America’s great outdoors.

The program focuses on children ages 9–11 who, research shows, are beginning to understand the world around them, and are uniquely receptive to engaging with nature and the environment. By focusing on this age group year after year, the program aims to ensure every child in the United States has the opportunity to create a life-long connection to America's big backyard. 

  1. Free Christmas Tree permits are available through Recreation.gov.  To learn more please visit: https://www.recreation.gov/articles/location-spotlight/cut-a-tree-for-the-holidays-from-your-national-forests/120 
  2. To learn more about Every Kid Outdoors, visit website  https://everykidoutdoors.gov/index.htm.




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