Fourth graders visit public lands for free through Every Kid in a Park program

Kamiah, Idaho (June 17, 2019) – Planning a summer vacation to Yellowstone? What about a family trip through Glacier National Park? Want to visit the Craters of the Moon National Monument? Fourth graders and their families can enjoy these and many more adventures for free through the Every Kid in a Park program.

The program was created so that fourth graders and their families can discover the nation’s wildlife, resources, and history for free. Through the program, fourth grade students can earn a free pass that covers entrance and standards amenity fees at more than 2,000 federally managed lands and waters nationwide for a full year.

The current program began September 1, 2018. Any fourth grade or equivalent student in the 2018/2019 school year can still take advantage of this program through August 31. Students who will start fourth grade this fall can apply for the program after September 1.

To receive a free pass, fourth graders complete a fun, educational activity online at www.everykidinapark.gov. Once complete, the student can print off a paper copy of their pass, which is valid for fee–free entry to federal lands and waters all across the country. Some sites, including Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests ranger stations, allow fourth graders to trade in their paper pass for a durable plastic Interagency Annual Fourth Grade Pass. This pass is waterproof and a great keepsake.

The Every Kid in a Park program is an interagency effort supported by the U.S. Department of the Interior (National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service), the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the USDA Forest Service, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

Every Kid in a Park invites children of all backgrounds to discover their public lands and all they offer, including opportunities to be active and spend time with friends and family. As living classrooms, these outdoor places and historic sites also provide hands–on, real–world opportunities to develop critical skills and learn about the natural world.

We hope to see many local youth taking advantage of the Every Kid in a Park program this summer. For more information and to obtain your Every Kid in a Park pass, visit www.everykidinapark.gov. Make sure to stop by a Nez Perce-Clearwater National Forests office near you to collect your plastic pass.

 

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